Amazon is launching a cloud gaming service called Luna that will stream games to web apps for PC, Mac, and Fire TV devices as well as iPhone and iPad. The service, which is a direct competitor of Google Stadia, will offer several “game channels” that users can subscribe to, each with access to a library of games. Amazon announced the service along with some new Echo and Alexa products.
Amazon’s own Luna game channel will start with a promotional price of $ 5.99 per month, with games like Resident Evil 7, Control, A Plague Tale: Innocence, and Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair. Luna will offer 4K resolution at 60 fps for select games, allowing subscribers to play on two devices simultaneously.
Amazon also announced a Ubisoft gaming channel that will give subscribers access to Ubisoft games with 4K resolution and mobile gaming support on the day and date they launch regularly. No price has been specified for the Ubisoft channel. According to Amazon, this is the first of multiple Luna game channels in development where customers can play games from their favorite streamers and genres.
Luna will also include the integration of the Twitch streaming platform owned by Amazon, and Amazon stated that players will be able to view Twitch streams for games on the service and start playing Twitch’s Luna games instantly.
In addition to the service, Amazon has announced an Alexa-enabled Luna controller that will be connected directly to Fire TV devices to reduce the lag between controller and game. Luna Controller will be available for $ 49.99 during the early access period. Luna can also be played with a mouse and keyboard or other Bluetooth game controllers.