Amazon entered the cloud gaming competition with the announcement of a new streaming service called Luna.
Unlike Google’s Stadia, which offers games for individual purchase, Luna users will access games by subscribing to “channels”: the Luna + channel, for example, will feature a mix of games, including Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Grid and Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair. Other channels are also in development, including one from Ubisoft that will provide access to Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6 and Immortals Fenyx Rising in its release days.
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Along with support mouse and keyboard and conventional controllers, the service can also be accessed through a proprietary Alexa-enabled controller that “connects directly to the cloud to control your game effortlessly, featuring a multi-antenna design that prioritizes wi- fi uninterrupted for games with lower latency, ”said Amazon.
“In fact, our tests showed a reduction in round-trip latency when playing Luna Controller with Cloud Direct vs. Luna Controller via Bluetooth, with reductions of 17 to 30 milliseconds between PC, Fire TV and Mac. Because the Luna Controller connects directly to the cloud servers, players can easily switch between screens - like Fire TV for mobile phone - without pairing additional configuration changes. “-- Advertising --
We are curious to test for ourselves and to see how Luna generally compares to Google Stadia, which has not yet convinced us that cloud games are a serious alternative to owning PCs and game consoles. (As a way to complement traditional gaming systems, however, GeForce Now is decent.)
The service will support 1080 / 60fps graphics at the start, while 4K support "for selected titles" is on the way. Of course, Luna also features integration with Twitch: players will see the game streams running on Luna and will also be able to launch games from within Twitch.
Luna + will be available for $ 6 per month during Luna's initial access phase, while Ubisoft's channel pricing has not been set. Interestingly, different channels apparently will offer different feature sets: Luna +, for example, allows subscribers to stream games on two devices simultaneously (assuming they have the bandwidth to do so), but the Ubisoft channel restricts streaming to one device at a time.
Amazon customers in the U.S. can request early access to Luna at amazon.com. Dates for a broader release have not been announced.