February 23, 2024

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Amazon announces Luna cloud gaming to rival Google Stadia

Amazon has announced its very own cloud gaming platform to rival Google Stadia, called Luna. The platform will be supported by Amazon Web Services, meaning you can stream games without having to download any software, wait for updates or invest in expensive hardware.

More than 100 games will be available at launch, stretching across genres – action, adventure and platformer. These include Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon; A Plague Tale, Innocence and The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair Iconoclasts, GRID, ABZU and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

On top of that, Amazon announced a partnership with Ubisoft, which will give subscribers to the channel access to Ubisoft titles in up to 4K resolution, including Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising. The company says this is the first of many channels coming to Luna.

It will cost $5.99 a month to gain access to the Luna+ game channel, which is an early access period rate. We reckon this will probably go up to something comparable to Stadia’s $10.99 a month once the platform has found its feet. There’s no UK price yet. For $5.99, you get yourself resolutions of 4K/60fps for select titles and the ability to play on two devices simultaneously.

One pretty cool feature missing from Google Stadia is Twitch integration. When you see your favourite Twitch streamer playing a game on Luna (which will initially be a pretty small number of streamers at the start), you’ll instantly be able to play that same game on Luna yourself by clicking through via Twitch. It makes a heck of a lot of sense considering Amazon owns the game streaming platform.

Luna will be available for gamers to play on Mac, PC, Fire TV, iPhone and iPad, and Android support will follow shortly. You’ll be able to play with a keyboard and mouse, a Bluetooth controller or the Alexa-enabled Luna controller, which Amazon says will give players a lower latency gaming experience and reductions of between 17 to 30 milliseconds compared to a Bluetooth controller.

There’s no release date as of yet, but if you’re in the US, you can request an invitation for early access right now.

Alex Lee is a writer for WIRED. He tweets from @1AlexL

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