Amazon is expanding its cloud-gaming platform called Luna by increasing its list of games, adding a new cooperative feature called Luna Couch, and developing a family-friendly games center.
Luna, which is now in early access, is free. But for unlimited access the 95 games, you will have to sign up for a Luna+ membership for $5.99. You can also have unlimited access to 30 Ubisoft games through a Ubisoft+ membership for $14.99 every month, though that price will go up to $17.99 a month on September 30 for new members. Think of this as an a la carte gaming service
Powered by Amazon’s AWS platform, Luna allows people to play high-end PC and console games on normally under-powered devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. It also allows players to game on devices that do usually support most top games such as Apple’s Macs.
Amazon is not alone in the cloud gaming sector, though. Google released its Stadia platform, though unlike the Luna platform, you will need to pay for the games you play on the service. You can subscribe to the Ubisoft+ service to get unlimited access to the games, but all of the other games are a separate purchase.
Stadia Pro, which is $9.99 a month, though, gets you a lot of free games, and discounts on games that are note free.
Then there is the top dog in Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud, which allows you access to over 100 games on Android devices, Macs, PCs and iOS devices. Microsoft’s service gives you $14.99 each month as part of its Game Pass Ultimate and includes EA Play access, which gives you games from the publisher’s large library.
Still, Luna is clearly a big push for Amazon, given the plans it has for the service. And with its growing amount of games and new features it could eventually be a formidable competitor for Microsoft.
To bring in as many gamers as possible, Amazon is giving U.S.-based Prime members a seven-day free trial with access to three popular games. “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard,” “Metro Exodus,” and “Katamari Damacy REROLL.”
Author: Blake Ambrose