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Amazon Introduced Luna, A Cloud Service With Video Games

Amazon Introduced Luna, A Cloud Service With Video Games

Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is entering the cloud gaming market. Subscription video games can be played in streaming mode on any device, regardless of their performance — from the Amazon Fire TV set-top box and smartphones to Windows or macOS computers.

The service was named Luna. According to Polygon, users in the US can already request an invitation for early access to it. Native Luna apps will be available for all platforms except iOS. On iPhones and iPads, where Amazon doesn't want to play by Apple's rules and pay a "tax" for placement in the App Store, the service will work via a web app.

To play games like Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee and The Impossible Lair, Iconoclasts, Grid, Abzu, or Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, you will have to subscribe to Luna Plus for a starting price of $ 6 per month. A separate "channel" with games (and with a separate subscription) will be created on the platform by the game publisher Ubisoft, for example, Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising will be available there.

The subscription will allow you to play simultaneously on two devices, and "for some games" Amazon technology will support 4K resolution at a frame rate of 60 per second. The company offers to buy a Luna controller of its own design, which connects directly to a game running in the cloud and is equipped with several Wi-Fi antennas to minimize delays in transmitting commands. However, you can use Luna without it by connecting a keyboard with a mouse or a controller from an Xbox One or Sony PlayStation 4 console.

In order to show game streams to viewers, integration with the Twitch video service, also owned by Amazon, is provided. At the same time, watching a stream in Twitch on a device with access to Luna, you can (as Google has already implemented with its game streaming Stadia and video hosting YouTube) go directly to this game.

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