Say Hello to Luna, Amazon’s New Video Game Streaming Service
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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.
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.
And luckily, you won’t need too much extra equipment to use it.
While Amazon is also releasing a Luna Controller specifically made for the service, you don’t have to worry about buying another controller if you already have PlayStation DualShock or Xbox controllers. Amazon Luna will be compatible with those as well, although the Luna Controller comes with Alexa and can connect directly to the streaming service via WiFi.
Currently, Amazon Luna has two gaming channels, Luna+ and Ubisoft. A subscription to Luna+ will cost you $5.99 per month, and a subscription to the Ubisoft channel during the beta period is $14.99 per month. It may be safe to assume that new streaming channels will be available in the future from other large gaming companies, but we can’t yet be sure about the pricing.
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 request early access. And since Luna and Amazon Prime are two different services, you won’t need a Prime account to give it a try.