Amazon is starting to play games. DuringThe Internet giant has introduced Luna, its cloud video streaming service for Fire TV, phones, tablets and computers, which competes with Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia.
Subscribing to Luna Plus will cost $ 5.99 per month as part of the optional early access program. A service controller will also be sold,although gamers will also be able to use the Xbox One or PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, as well as a mouse and keyboard for the game.
Running on Amazon’s AWS servers, games will be streamed at up to 1080p and 60 frames per second at startup (with 4K support, annoyed as “soon”), although the full list of titles was not immediately available. The company says games available during early access will include Control, Resident Evil 7, GRID, Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
Ubisoft will be one of the first notable publishers on the platform, including bringing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to the moon, although no schedule has been set for when its games will be released, again “soon”.
Twitch, a popular gaming video-focused website, will be integrated into Luna to allow streamers to broadcast during the game. Amazon says those who watch Twitch streams, who have also subscribed to its service, will be able to go straight “from watching Twitch to immediately playing Luna.”
Amazon recommends a minimum Internet connection speed of 10 Mbps for streaming games on Luna, with 35 Mbps specified as a requirement for 4K gaming.
The company says that Luna will be available on Fire TV, Mac and PC, as well as through “web applications” for iPhone and iPad while these devices are running iOS 14. The use of web apps seems to be how Amazon circumvents the limitations of the Apple App Store that existed before . Google Android is not listed as a launch platform, but “soon”.
The exact release date for Luna is not specified, but anyone can ask.