Amazon Luna Review
As the gaming world continues to flourish, cloud gaming services are becoming increasingly prevalent. Amazon Luna is one such service that has recently joined the ranks of major players like Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now. In this article, we will evaluate the overall experience, performance, game selection, and pricing of Amazon’s cloud gaming platform.
Launched in October 2020, Amazon Luna is a cloud gaming service that allows users to play games by streaming them from remote servers directly to their devices – be it a PC, Mac, Fire TV, or mobile device. The service eliminates the need for downloading or installing games and promises low-latency gameplay with any compatible device.
In terms of performance, Amazon Luna impresses right off the bat. The service provides smooth gameplay with minimal input lag and latency issues when played with a strong internet connection (recommended bandwidth is at least 10 Mbps). The graphics quality can reach up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second (FPS), with 4K support planned for future updates.
One of Luna’s standout features is its tight integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which helps reduce latency concerns due to its extensive global infrastructure. Moreover, its adaptive streaming technology results in fewer network hiccups during gameplay.
At present, Luna offers over 100 titles available on two separate channels: Luna+ and Ubisoft+. Luna+ sports a mix of indie games and popular AAA titles like Control, Grid, Metro Exodus, and Resident Evil VII. Ubisoft+ provides access to the entire catalog of Ubisoft games, including new releases like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion.
The game selection on Amazon Luna may not be as vast as other gaming platforms yet; however, it has been steadily growing since launch. With more content partnerships in the pipeline, users can expect an expanding library in the future.
Luna Controller and User Interface
While Luna can be played using a mouse, keyboard, or other compatible controllers, Amazon has introduced the Luna Controller – specifically designed for optimal performance on their platform. It connects directly to the cloud servers using Wi-Fi, further reducing latency. Additionally, it features a comfortable, ergonomic design and Alexa integration.
As for user interface (UI), Luna offers a clean and straightforward UI both in its app and website. The UI neatly organizes game tiles for quick browsing and easy access to recently played titles.
Luna’s pricing is well within reach for most gamers. The Luna+ channel costs $5.99 per month during its early access period (pricing may vary after this period) while Ubisoft+ retails at $14.99 per month. Unlike some competitors, users are not required to pay an extra fee for the highest-quality graphics.
Although Amazon Luna is still in its early access period, it already shows strong potential as a viable cloud gaming platform. With competitive pricing, solid performance, and an expanding game library powered by AWS infrastructure, Luna is definitely worth keeping an eye on as it evolves into a formidable contender in the cloud gaming market.