Amazon announces the launch of Luna cloud gaming service
Competing with Microsoft and Google!
Amazon has further cultivated the US$160 billion gaming industry and announced the launch of a new streaming service Luna. This service is based on the huge “Amazon Web Services” (AWS) cloud platform and is compatible with PC, Mac, Fire TV, iPad and iPhone (via web-based applications) and Android systems. It is currently only open by invitation.
From now on, users can request advance use through the Luna service website, but Amazon has not yet revealed when this service will be widely available. The platform will be divided into multiple channels. The first two channels are Luna+ and Ubisoft Channel. Luna+ costs US$5.99 for early use, while Ubisoft’s channel pricing has not yet been announced.
Amazon promises that the Luna + channel will provide games with a resolution of up to 1080p, running at 60 frames per second, and will launch 4K resolution games in the future. In addition, the service also supports simultaneous streaming on two devices, which means that parents do not need to subscribe to Luna + accounts for their children.
The games available through Luna+ include “Control”, “Resident Evil VII” and “Sonic Mania”. Ubisoft Channel will provide games such as Far Cry 6, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Immortals Fenyx Rising, all of these games Will log on to the Ubisoft channel on the same day the physical store and online store are launched.
Amazon also released its own custom controller for this service, named “Luna Controller”. The company said that the controller will be directly connected to the cloud to eliminate delays and ensure that players get a “one-to-one” experience similar to traditional home consoles.
Cloud gaming allows players to play games through almost all connected devices, but this was almost impossible before ubiquitous cloud infrastructure such as “Amazon Web Services” appeared. Before Amazon, Microsoft, Nvidia and Google have also entered the field of cloud gaming. Among these three companies, Microsoft is regarded as the most popular one because it is the first to provide cloud gaming as the preferred service to players. Currently, Microsoft provides the xCloud platform through its Game Pass service for a monthly fee of $15.99. It has recently acquired Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax, which combines “Doom”, “The Elder Scrolls” and “Radiation” ( Fallout) and other games are included in the bag.
However, players need to have a strong Internet connection service to play cloud games. Amazon’s recommended minimum network speed is 10 Mbps, and an unlimited data service is also required, because players will soon exceed the data limit when playing such games. But Amazon has a “secret weapon”, that is its Twitch game streaming service, which allows users to watch other players play games, and this service will be integrated into the Luna service.
This latest service is obviously still in the early stages, because it is only open to some users through invitation. But if Amazon can do a good job of this service, it may further consolidate its position in the game field and compete with companies such as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
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