Amazon’s Luna Video Game Streaming Service is Here (+ It’s 30% Off!)
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Amazon Luna has officially launched!
Ready to have all your games in one place?
Being able to stream video games eliminates the need for a console, downloads, and (sometimes very long) updates. Instead of waiting an hour to download a game to your console before you can even begin to play it, all the hard work is done by Amazon’s servers, so you get to sit back and enjoy the fast streaming.
Currently, Luna comes with six channels, and each has something for everyone in mind. All the games are available to play pretty much instantly, which is such a nice perk for any folks who have had to sit through those lengthy software updates.
Check out all six Amazon Luna channels:
- Prime Gaming Channel – FREE for Prime members
- This channel features a series of rotating games exclusively for Prime members.
- Retro Channel – $4.99/month
- This channel features a series of classic video games.
- Jackbox Games Channel – 4.99/month
- With one subscription, unlock all eight Jackbox games in one place.
- Luna+ Channel – $5.99/month ($9.99/month starting April 1st)
- More than 100 games and offers something pretty much every gamer will love.
- The Family Channel – $2.99/month ($5.99/month starting April 1st)
- More than 35 games specifically aimed at little ones and family time.
- Ubisoft+ Channel – $17.99/month
- This channel features more than 35 of Ubisoft’s most popular games
And luckily, you won’t need too much extra equipment to use it…
The recommended accessory for Amazon’s NEW cloud gaming service is this Luna Controller which is on sale for a limited time for just $49.99 (regularly $69.99)!
The Luna Controller features Cloud Direct technology so there is no need to pair to each device. You can transition your game from one screen to the next on compatible Windows PC, Mac, Fire TV, Fire tablet, iPhone, iPad, Chromebook, and Android devices. Play wirelessly with two AA batteries or you can use a USB-C cable (not included) to play without them.
Plus, it’s compatible with Alexa so you can request the games you want to play just using simple voice commands like, “Alexa, play ‘Sonic Mania Plus.'”
However, if you already have PlayStation DualShock or Xbox controllers. Amazon Luna is compatible with those as well, although the Luna Controller comes with Alexa and can connect directly to the streaming service via WiFi. You can also use your iPhone or Android by downloading the Luna Controller App, which is completely free.
You can play multiplayer using Luna Couch, even if you aren’t in the same area. Twitch live streaming is another awesome bonus for any Twitch gamers.
While streaming video games has some definite upsides, Amazon Luna may not be for everyone.
For now, you can stream games in 1080p, with 4k streaming coming in the future. However, this takes up a lot of data, and Luna is really only compatible with faster streaming speeds. Amazon recommends a minimum of 10 mbps to stream in 1080p and 35 Mbps for 4k streaming, although you’ll probably want speeds a bit higher than that for the best experience.
The second issue is that, as of now, the gaming catalog isn’t as expansive as some would hope. However, Luna is still in its beginning stages so we’ll probably see that change over time.
If you’re interested in checking it out for yourself, you can head over to Amazon and browse the game library.