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Amazon has officially announced its cloud gaming service, Luna.
The Stadia and xCloud rival is powered by the Amazon Web Service infrastructure and allows users to stream games at up to 4K/60fps on multiple devices including Fire TV, PC, Mac, iOS devices – through the browser, to avoid App Store restrictions – and Android will follow later.
When it launches, Luna will offer a library of games behind a subscription service, plus Twitch integration and support for a special Amazon game controller.
Starting today, US residents can request early access to Luna, with an introductory price of $5.99/month. Luna users can also subscribe to various paid channels which will offer access to a library of games.
For example, the Luna+ game channel – which is included in the base subscription – will include games such as Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair, Iconoclasts, GRID, ABZU and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
So far Amazon has announced one additional Luna channel, for publisher Ubisoft. Players who subscriber to this channel will have access to Ubisoft titles, including new releases like Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising the same day they release.
This is the first of multiple publisher-focussed Luna game channels in development, Amazon said.
Inside the Luna experience, players will see Twitch streams for games in the service, and from Twitch, they’ll be able to instantly start playing Luna games, Amazon added.
Users will be able to play games with a keyboard and mouse, a Bluetooth game controller, or the $49.99 Luna Controller, which is Alexa-enabled and connects directly to the cloud for lower latency gaming, according to Amazon.
“We created Luna to make it easy to play great games on the devices customers already own and love,” said Marc Whitten, Amazon’s VP of Entertainment Devices and Services.
“It’s Day One for Luna—we are excited to work with gamers, streamers, and publishers like Ubisoft and Remedy Entertainment to build a great gaming experience for everyone.”
Currently, Xbox’s game streaming service is available as part of its $14.99/£10.99 Game Pass Ultimate subscription, which grants users access to over 100 games at no additional cost.