Amazon’s Luna is a cloud gaming service like Google Stadia

Fire in the clouds
25 September 2020 / 0:31IST

Amazon’s entry into the gaming market was not a surprising one but rather a timely one. Now that we’re on the brink of new generational console launches, cloud gaming is taking centre stage and Amazon is pushing Luna in the limelight. Luna uses Amazon’s famed AWS smarts to stream games directly to your telly through Fire TV Stick devices or on your smartphone. The bridge between you and the videogames is the Luna controller, which neatly connects to the cloud directly to shave off 20 milliseconds of latency. It also lets you switch seamlessly from TV to smartphone without the hassle of Bluetooth connectivity. The Luna+ game channel, that’s what their calling the subscription model, will have games like Control, Resident Evil 7, GRID, Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Besides this, you’ll also see ‘channels’ from other game publications to subscribe to. Ubisoft is one such publication that will bring Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising on the same day they release. You can play these in 4K once you subscribe to the channel. There’s no word on pricing for the publisher channels but the Luna+ service will set you back $5.99 per month during early access and the controller is for $49.99. There’s no word on Indian launch and availability. Fingers crossed for a quick one.