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Amazon is getting into game streaming with Luna. 


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Amazon is getting into gaming. During Amazon’s big device announcement event on Thursday, the internet giant unveiled Luna, its cloud-based video game streaming service for Fire TV, phones, tablets and computers that rivals Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia.

A “Luna Plus” subscription will cost $5.99 per month as part of an invite-only early access program. A controller designed for the service will also be sold, with “early access” pricing of $50, though gamers will also be able to use an Xbox One or PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, as well as a mouse and keyboard to play. 

Running on Amazon’s AWS servers, games will stream at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second at launch (with 4K support teased as “coming soon”), though a full list of titles wasn’t immediately available. The company says that games available in

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Amazon Introduces Cloud Gaming Service, Luna

September 26, 2020 | technology | No Comments

Amazon has unveiled its own cloud gaming service called Luna, which will use Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its backbone. CNET reports the service is touting the ability to play anywhere, including iPhone and iPad. You can request early access to the service starting today.

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Amazon says that at launch, Luna will be playable on PC, Mac, Amazon’s own Fire TV devices, as well as iPhone and iPad through web apps. An Android version is said to be coming soon as well.

This is a notable difference between Luna and the cloud gaming services from Microsoft and Google–xCloud and Stadia, respectively–which have run into Apple policies that have prevented the ability to play on iOS devices. Apple recently changed its rules, but Microsoft issued a statement maintaining that it’s still a bad experience for gamers.

For the time being, Luna will be available in the mainland US.

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  • Amazon announced Luna, a free video game streaming service that lets you play hit games on your phone, computer, and other streaming devices, on Thursday. 
  • Gamers can purchase their own games on Luna, or subscribe to different “game channels” for an ongoing collection.
  • For $5.99 per month, players can subscribe to the Luna+ channel, which will grant them access to dozens of games, including hit titles like “Control,” and “Resident Evil 7.” 
  • Amazon has also designed a special Wi-Fi enabled Luna controller that will help reduce delay when streaming, compared to a standard Bluetooth controller. It will be available for $50 during the early access period.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

 

Amazon is expanding its push into video games.

On Thursday, the company launched Luna, a free cloud-gaming service designed to deliver video games to your computer, phone, and other streaming devices. Luna will work on PC, Mac,

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