The speculations on this subject started several months ago and they materialize today during the 2020 hardware conference. Amazon officially takes another step into the world of video games with Luna.
Behind this name hides the future Cloud Gaming service of the American giant which previously bore the code name Tempo. A pad specially designed to work with the service was even presented during the event, it will be sold $49.99.
No launch date has yet been announced, but Americans can already register to participate in the early access which will start soon. On the other hand, nothing has yet been disclosed as to a date for an international launch.
With Luna, Amazon guarantees access to more than 100 games from the Luna Plus platform. Among the titles available from launch, the company highlights a rather nice catalog: Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee, GRID, Abzu and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
In addition, the company specifies that a partnership has also been established with Ubisoft for the creation of specific games, and that other apps will be added “over time”. Here is an excerpt from the official press release on this subject:
New titles will be available when the platform launches, such as Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising on the same day they are released.
Players who subscribe to this platform will have access to their favorite Ubisoft games in an optimal resolution of up to up to 4K at 60 FPS on a specific game selection and will be powered by AWSAmazon’s ubiquitous web platform
The information was quickly shared by our dear Nibellion on Twitter:
Amazon announces Amazon Luna, a new cloud gaming service
– Introductory price: $5.99 per month
– 4K/60FPS for selected titles
– coming to PC, Mac, iOS (Android later)
– more than 100 games available
– powered by AWS
– Twitch integration pic.twitter.com/8QYh0wP0Oa
—Nibel (@Nibellion) September 24, 2020
In terms of price, the subscription will cost $5.99 per month during Early Access and will be compatible with the following devices: PC, Mac, Fire TV, and iPhone and iPad. Compatibility with Android devices will also be possible later, but without further details for the moment.
Two more notes for completeness, the controller will be compatible with Alexa and Twitch will be directly integrated into the service. After this revelation, we can say that Amazon will soon come into direct confrontation with Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud.