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Amazon Luna: What is it and other key details you need to know

Amazon has launched a new service called Luna and it is meant for gamers looking to stream games to play on their devices.

Akarsh Verma | September 26, 2020 | Updated 14:32 IST

Highlights

  • Amazon has launched its cloud gaming service called Luna.
  • Luna lets users stream popular games on devices like smart TV, laptop, and smartphones.
  • Luna supports 4K gaming and is priced at $5.99 a month in the US.

Amazon recently launched its cloud gaming service called Luna at its 2020 Alexa hardware event. The cloud gaming service is similar to Google Stadia, GeForce NOW, Shadow, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Cloud Gaming. Rumours about Amazon's cloud gaming platform had been doing rounds since last year.

Cloud gaming is a new type of online gaming that allows players to run games on remote servers and streams them directly to your devices. This eliminates the need to have high performance and specifications hardware to run graphically demanding games.

The advantage of Luna like other cloud gaming services is that you do not have to download or install games. You can simply browse the game and launch it without any waiting time. Needless to say, it requires users to have a fast internet connection to access Full HD and 4K gaming experience. Amazon has recommended a minimum internet download speed of 10Mbps for 1080p streaming.

Though Luna is still an invite-only service available in the continental USA, it will soon be expanded to other markets. Amazon has confirmed several games that will be a part of the cloud service, including famous titles like Resident Evil 7, GRID, ABZU, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair, Assassin's Creed Valhalla. and Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons. Several other titles are likely to be added post-launch.

Another major advantage of Luna is that it lets you play games on the devices you already own. You will be able to access the games on your smart TV or using the Amazon Firestick, Mac, PC, and iOS devices. Amazon has confirmed that Luna will be available on Android as well in some time. Luna is compatible with the Luna controller, Xbox one controller, and the Sony DualShock 4. Alternatively, you can also use a mouse and keyboard if you're playing games on your PC.

Luna is integrated with Alexa, so you can simply ask Alexa to launch your favourite games, instead of having to browse through the library. It also has twitch integration which allows you to live streams directly. Amazon has stated that some games will support up to 4K/60fps, but none of those are going to be available during this early access period.

The Luna service is available at an introductory price of $5.99 a month in the US.

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