Amazon Luna is the cloud gaming service proposed by Amazon in response to Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now and Microsoft Project xCloud. The platform was announced last year and is in constant development.
After the Alpha phase dedicated to testers, the company has made the beta available to owners of the Amazon Fire TV Cube and Amazon Fire TV Stick. So, now that the limited trial has ended and the service is open to everyone, we have decided to purchase the $ 5.99 subscription (prices in euros have not yet been formalized) to test Amazon Luna.
Amazon Luna works similar to Prime Video. Within the game library there are several channels, including the main one called Luna Plus (or Luna +) and others that will be added in the future, such as the one dedicated to Ubisoft titles.
For $ 5.99 a month (about 5 euros) you can subscribe to Luna Plus by getting access to a library with just over 20 titles, streaming playback at 1080p and 60 fps (soon also in 4K) and access from two devices. The subscription allows you to play from PC, Mac and Fire TV stick, as well as from iPhone and iPad (thanks to its non-app features), but is not yet available on Android devices.
As with Netflix or Prime Video, there are no time limits to play, much less download times; you can switch between titles in a single session and, as with Xbox Game Pass, the library will be constantly expanded.
Luna + is the base package and the games are, well, mostly old: the service offers a collection of remastered classics and indie titles; however, there are also AAA titles like Control, Metro Exodus, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Two Point Hospital, and Sonic Mania.
Fortunately, the Ubisoft + subscription is also available, which includes AAA titles from the French software house such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising and Far Cry 6 at a cost of $ 15 per month.
Amazon also introduced a dedicated Amazon Luna controller (not included in any subscription) that costs $ 49.99; While it is a bit expensive for essentially an Xbox One gamepad, the Luna Controller can connect directly to the wireless network, which greatly reduces input lag, a key factor in a rewarding gaming experience.
Setting up Amazon Luna is very simple: just download the app on Amazon Fire TV or Fire Cube (search for Amazon Luna or, if you have an invitation, go to the Amazon Luna page of your browser).