Gaming Competition: Amazon Announces Their New Gaming Service


There is a new gaming service on the market – Amazon’s Luna.

At Amazon’s 2020 Hardware Event, they announced their newest service – Luna, a cloud gaming service. This news isn’t a surprise at all, as the platform, previous called Tempo, has been rumoured for around a year with people speculating that Amazon would be releasing their own gaming platform. This is primarily because their game controller was leaked online just before the event.

Luna, Amazon’s new game streaming platform, will be joining the extremely popular gaming industry very soon with competitors such as Xbox Games Pass, Google Stadia, GeForce and many more.

It is possible for you to register your interest for the game already, however, Amazon is not accepting any players just yet.

If you’re interested in Amazon’s newest platform, you can test it out now!

The new platform will immediately be available on Mac, PC, Fire TV, iPhone and iPad. An Android launch has also been planned for some time after the initial launch. However, they have not announced when the service will be launched widely.

While only people in the US can currently access Luna, it is ensured that it will be more widely available soon. It has also been suggested that it will soon be available for Android users – especially since Android tablets are put out by Amazon itself.

For now, Luna will be available for US citizens to request early access starting earlier this week, yet there is no comment on its availability in other countries.

The “introductory price” of the Luna gaming service will be $5.99 per month during the early access phase. This gives Luna’s subscribers the abilities to play the games available from Luna Plus channel games across multiple devices at once. Selected titles of the games and service are being offered at 4K 60fps resolution. 

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Amazon’s web platform, AWS, will be powering the luna gaming platform.

It has been announced that on the launch, though the Luna Plus channel, there will be 100 games available. The titles that Amazon has announced will be available include Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Resident Evil 7, The Surge 2, GRID, Yooka-Laylee, Control, Panzer Dragoon, Abzu and many more.

Over time, Amazon emphasized that they will continue to add even more titles to their channel. Further, to create a better, unique gaming experience for users, Amazon has partnered with Ubisoft.

Amazon stated that “players who subscribe to this channel will have access to their favourite Ubisoft titles in up to 4K resolution, mobile gameplay, and access to new titles when the channel launches like Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising the same day they release. This is the first of multiple Luna game channels in development, where customers can play games from their favourite publishers and genres.

The Luna gaming platform will be completely free – just buy a controller.

The Luna gaming service is said to be completely free – it is only $5.99 for the early access. However, the controller you need to actually play any of the games released on the platform is $49.99.

How To Register For Amazon Luna

For Americans to register for Amazon Luna, it is simple. Once you have opened the Amazon Luna homepage on your web browser, you need to click the big icon that sits in the middle of the page.

If you are not registered with Amazon, you will be prompted to sign up for an account. If you are, you will be required to sign in in order to register for the service.

After you have signed into your account, you will be required to take a short survey that will determine the type of gamer you are with questions such as how often you play games, what devices you have that are compatible, if you have fast internet (which you will be required to find out, if you don’t know) and what your ZIP code is.

Once you have provided Amazon with all of this information, you will be able to click ‘Request’, where you will be alerted that you have completed the process.

It is important to remember that it appears that not everyone who applies for early access will be accepted. It is likely that Amazon is trying to provide the service to a range of gamer, locations and internet speeds to gauge the response of a wide variety of people.

If you are not accepted, it will not be long before Amazon Luna if available to everyone.