Amazon Luna is now officially available to all Prime members in the United States, accessible to try out for no additional cost. There are a few different ways to use Amazon Luna, and it being available to Prime members doesn’t necessarily mean the service is 100% free.
What is Amazon Luna?
The gaming service has been in early access for over a year now, according to IGN, and it first launched in the United States in late 2020 for users who had previously opted in to try it out. Now, it’s fully available, but only in the US. There’s been no statements made about when it will be available elsewhere, and if it will be, but for the time being this seems to be a trial run of the brand new platform.
Luna is a cloud gaming platform that has been split into multiple optional ‘Channels.’ Most channels are pay to access, with only one open to Prime Members for free. The channel options currently include the Retro Channel, Family Channel, Jackbox Games Channel, Ubisoft+, Luna+, and the Prime Gaming channel, which is the only channel offered free to Prime Members. It doesn’t offer a full library of games like the other pay to access channels do, but it’s something for everyone to feel out.
When it comes to paying for channels, you have a few options. You can access a mixed game library for $10 a month, gaining you access to four different channels. You can pay $18 for Ubisoft+, or access the Jackbox Games channel for $5 a month.
What Games Does the Service Offer?
Amazon Luna currently offers about 100 games for users, including but not limited to:
- Street Fighter II
- Devil May Cry 5
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
- Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins
- Resident Evil 2
- Far Cry 6
- Watch Dogs 2
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Child of Light
- Immortals: Fenyx Rising
These are some of the more notable titles the platform offers, but there is a much larger selection on the Amazon Luna website itself.
How Can I Play Amazon Luna?
It is currently supported on PC, Mac, Fire TV, Fire tablet, Chromebook devices, and web browser apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android phone.
Adding the app to your Fire TV is simply, just search the word ‘Luna’ on the homepage and it will bring you directly to the download page for the Amazon Luna app. Press select and start your download. It may prompt you to connect a controller, though you may use your phone as virtual controller.
Luna can allegedly play games up to 1080p/60 fps, which is heavily dependent on which device you’re using, the quality of your Internet connection, and what game you are attempting to play. If you’re able, you should be using your router’s 5GHz wifi band for an optimal gameplay experience.
Luna also offers a “Couch Mode,” which allows you to accept a local invitation from a friend to play multiplayer games such as Overcooked 2 or Guacamelee 2, even if you aren’t subscribed to the service.
Amazon Luna also has its own custom controller to go alongside the platform. The Luna controller can directly connect to the Amazon custom game servers, and will reduce latency anywhere from 30 to 17 milliseconds. It currently costs about $70, though it isn’t required to play games with Luna. Any compatible, Bluetooth enabled wireless controller should do the trick, its only difference is that the buttons may not match up with the game’s controls.
Amazon Luna may be a peek into the bright future of more accessible gaming, and we’re excited to see just how much this platform grows.