What’s the skinny? If you live in the U.S, you can request an invite to the Amazons Luna cloud gaming service. Early access to Luna goes live this coming October, and the cost of the service during this beta phase will be $5.99 a month.
Included in the $5.99 a month service fee, you get access to unlimited hours of play, up to 1080p/60fps, stream on two devices at a time, and you can play on your PC, Mac, Fire TV as well as web apps for iPhone and iPad. The Luna website also says that 4k gaming will be coming in the future.
The Luna game library will feature action, adventure, platformer, indie, shooter, RPG, racing, and classic games from Ubisoft, Capcom, 505 Games, and Team 17 — and they will be adding more.
The Luna website also suggests that they may be taking the cable and satellite TV approach and offering packages. Right now, on the website, there is only the early access package, and a package from Ubisoft that says coming soon. Gaming as a service sounds terrible enough, but the need to subscribe to different game packages to play a game you want to play feels very dated. I mean, there’s a reason why millions of people are cutting the cord.
Amazon Luna is also offering an Alexa-enabled controller that will sell for $50.00. The controller connects directly to the cloud, and Amazon claims this lowers latency by as much as 30 milliseconds.
Amazon is aiming to have over 100 games by the time they are ready to leave early access. Will Amazon’s approach to gaming as a service win the day? Time will tell, but I still don’t see any of these services taking off. I don’t think the interest in gaming as a service will ever be high enough to outweigh the cost it would take to maintain these services.