Years ago, cloud video games streaming services seemed like a distant dream due to a slow internet connection and expensive price tags. In the modern-day, they allow millions of people from all over the world to play exciting triple-A titles without the need to spend a significant amount of money on hardware.
Amazon has been working in secret on a video game streaming service,which will be available soon in early access. Called Amazon Luna, the service will grant access to more than 100 titles at launch, and the company has already secured a deal with Ubisoft to gain access to some of the most video game titles.
Available on several platforms
According to Amazon, the new service seeks to cover as many platforms as possible as it will be available on Fire TVs, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops, a strategy that makes it a direct competitor against xCloud and Google Stadia.
The service is still in development, and Amazon users who receive an invite will be able to purchase a Luna Plus subscription, which comes with a promotional price of $5.99.
Amazon has also mentioned that users will have the option to purchase a dedicated controller that has been designed for the service. The controller will cost $50 during the early access period. While other controllers are tied to the machine on which a game is streamed, the Luna controller will connect to the cloud to minimize latency.
Players will have the ability to stream games at 1080p and 60FPS at launch, with support for 4K arriving at a later date. A list of available games hasn’t been published, but Amazon mentioned a few names, including Control, Resident Evil VII, and GRID.
Built-in Twitch functionality will allow people to watch streamers while playing a title and then jump into the same game in a matter of seconds.
Willie Hahn, senior editor at The Trending Times, writes about the intersection between money and politics with a focus on lobbying and tech articles. Willie previously at the Android Authority and Vice. Willie can be reached by email.