Amazon will offer a Netflix style cloud gaming subscription service named Luna, with select titles in 4K 60fps.
After years of tinkering, Amazon is making a bet on cloud gaming, revealing a new subscription service during its annual hardware event. Known as “Luna” the cloud gaming platform will initially be available on PC, Mac, Fire TV, and iPhone and iPad (via web apps), with an Android version planned for after launch.
Google and Microsoft are currently testing their own cloud gaming services while Apple offers a subscription service for games free of in-app purchases. Amazon is last to the party but has market leading cloud computing and digital infrastructure resources through its cloud AWS, and also owns the leading game streaming platform Twitch.
Like Google, Amazon is offering its own controller to use with Luna but players can also use a keyboard and mouse or third party bluetooth controllers. According to Amazon, the controller will have an introductory price of $US49.99 but offers an advantage of connecting directly to the cloud service. Amazon says this will let players switch screens more easily by removing the need for a dedicated app on devices.
Luna is now in early access in America at an introductory price of $5.99 per month. It’s unclear when the service will be available in Australia.
“We created Luna to make it easy to play great games on the devices customers already own and love,” said Marc Whitten, vice president, Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services. “It’s Day One for Luna—we are excited to work with gamers, streamers, and publishers like Ubisoft and Remedy Entertainment to build a great gaming experience for everyone.”