At today’s 2020 hardware event, Amazon announced a cloud gaming platform called Luna. This news is not surprising: the service has been rumored since last year, previously code-named “Tempo,” and Amazon-made game controllers leaked before today’s event.
It is not clear when Luna will be widely released, but it will initially be available on PC, Mac, Fire TV, and iPhone and iPad (via a web application), and plans to provide an Android version after the release. Amazon said that interested users in the United States can request early access to the service starting today. There is no news about international availability.
Amazon said it will provide more than 100 games through the Luna Plus channel, and the released games include “Resident Evil 7”, “Control”, “Armored Dragoons”, “Plague”with Brothers: the story of two sons. Amazon said that “over time” will add more titles. The company also cooperated with Ubisoft to establish a specific “game channel”. This is how Amazon describes it:
Players who subscribe to the channel will be able to access their favorite Ubisoft titles, mobile games, and when the channel is launched (e.g. Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Far Cry 6And immortality Fenyx rise The same day they were released. This is the first of multiple Luna game channels under development, where customers can play games through their favorite publishers and genres.
Luna will also have Twitch integration capabilities. Amazon said: “In the Luna experience, players will see the game streaming in the Twitch service, and from Twitch, they will be able to start playing Luna games immediately.” You can use the mouse and keyboard or Bluetooth controller to play the game. To achieve this goal, Amazon also announced its own Alexa-enabled Luna controller, which will be priced at $49.99 during the early access period.
It works as follows:
Luna Controller supports Alexa and can be directly connected to the cloud to easily control the game. Its multi-antenna design prioritizes uninterrupted Wi-Fi to reduce game latency. In fact, our tests show that when using Cloud Direct to play Luna Controller via Bluetooth, the round-trip delay is reduced compared to playing Luna Controller via Bluetooth. In PC, Fire TV and Mac, the round-trip delay is reduced by 17 to 30 milliseconds. Since Luna Controller connects directly to the cloud server, the player can easily switch between screens (such as Fire TV to mobile phone) without the need for other pairing or configuration changes.
Over the years, Amazon has maintained a curious relationship with games and has been involved in a variety of different businesses.In addition to owning the streaming service Twitch, Amazon has also developed its own games, including online shooting games crucibleThe release effect was very poor, so it quickly returned to the closed beta.The company is also working on a massively multiplayer game New worldInitially scheduled to debut this summer, then postponed to 2021.
Today’s news puts Amazon in direct competition with Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud in the increasingly crowded cloud gaming space.