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Amazon New Cloud Gaming Service Called ‘Luna’

Amazon has waded into the cloud gaming competition with the announcement of a new streaming service called Luna.

It’s not clear when Luna will launch widely, but it will initially be available on PCs, mobile devices, and Amazon’s own Fire TV hardware. Customers in the U.S. can request an invitation for early access to Luna, Amazon announced at its devices event on Thursday, September 24.

The service will be available for an “introductory price” of $5.99 a month during its early access phase, which gives subscribers the ability to play Luna Plus channel games across two devices simultaneously and offers 4K / 60fps resolution for “select titles.” Naturally, it will be powered by AWS, Amazon’s ubiquitous web platform.

Amazon will offer subscriptions to “game channels” through Luna, one of which is called Luna Plus that will feature games such as Resident Evil 7Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: InnocenceThe Surge 2Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair, Iconoclasts, GridAbzu, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

More titles will be added over time, Amazon said in a news release.

Luna also connects to another Amazon-owned service: Twitch. In a feature that sounds similar to Google Stadia’s integration with YouTube, Luna users will be able to jump into games directly from Twitch streams.

Games can be played through Luna using a keyboard and mouse, a Bluetooth game controller, and Amazon’s own Luna controller. Luna will also support the Xbox One controller and DualShock 4 controller.

Amazon said its testing “showed a reduction in roundtrip latency when playing Luna Controller with Cloud Direct vs. Luna Controller via Bluetooth, with reductions of between 17 to 30 milliseconds among PC, Fire TV, and Mac. Because the Luna Controller connects directly to cloud servers, players can easily switch between screens — such as Fire TV to a mobile phone — without additional pairing or configuration changes.”

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