A Taste of Gamings Future on Amazon Luna Review

A Taste of Gamings Future on Amazon Luna Review ...

The initial buy-in cost of video game consoles and gaming PCs can dissuade casual gamers from jumping from a smartphone to a dedicated setup. At least, this is the case right now. While I wouldn''t expect that top-gen gaming devices would be reduced in price, there is also another cloud gaming system.

Amazon Luna, a cloud gaming platform, allows you to stream a video game, exactly as you would expect from a Netflix movie or television show, directly to your phone, tablet, TV, or game for as long as your devices battery lasts (or you run out of data).

I''ve been testing Amazon Luna, the online retailers cloud gaming platform for several weeks. I have come to the conclusion that I love cloud gaming, and in some cases cloud gaming itself, but there''s still work to be done before cloud gaming becomes commonplace.

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There Isnt a Whole lot to the Initial Setup

Due to the fact that you do not have to have any local hardware beyond a gaming controller to play Luna games, the setup process is almost non-existent. If you already have your own Xbox or PlayStation controller, you may use it to play Luna games on a compatible device. Or you may save $99 on the Luna Controller and use it across all Luna-compatible devices with minimal effort.

Dank Cloud Direct, I scanned a QR code to download the Luna Controller app. The app is used to update the controllers firmware as well as connect it to Wi-Fi. The ability to connect the controller directly to a Wi-Fi network is a significant part of the Luna experience.

Cloud Direct will automatically switch between the devices you play on, without having to switch the controller between them. For example, if you start a Luna gaming session on Amazon''s Fire TV Stick 4K Max, and later you decide you want to sneak in a quick gaming session while working on your Mac or Windows PC, you do not have to do anything to switch between either device.

The Luna Controller is similar to that of an Xbox controller, or maybe even a Nintendo Switch Pro controller. It is powered by two AA batteries and has a USB-C connection that you can use for wired gaming on a laptop, or to recharge rechargeable batteries (not included). There is also a 3.5mm audio jack on the controller''s bottom, just like there is on an Xbox controller, where you can plug in headphones or a mic to talk to friends or opponents in the game.

I like the appearance of the controller. Its sturdy, comfortable to hold, the joysticks are responsive, and the buttons are firm. It''s a powerful game controller that I would be happy to use, whether it''s with Luna or a dedicated gaming console.

On a Windows PC, a Mac, a fire TV TV, a Fire tablet, an iPhone, iPad, or a Chromebook, as well as Android devices, Lunas cloud gaming service.

Luna is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks. Instead of an app installed on the App Store, you can stream games with Chrome or Microsoft Edge on your computer. Android owners will use Chrome to stream Luna games.

Outside of signing in to your Amazon (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com Inc. Reportaccount, there isn''t really any need to get up and going with Luna. It''s quite cool.

The platform will be made or broken by Amazons Luna games.

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It seems obvious, but it is true. If Amazon''s Luna gaming platform fails to list the big game titles, it will not attract keen gamers who are more likely to pay a monthly subscription for their titles from anywhere.

Right now, the Lunas lineup is slew of all types of games, depending on which channel you sign up for. In fact, there are six channels currently listed on Lunas website. The Prime Gaming channel is for Amazon Prime members. It includes a rotating of games that you may play for free each month. I also like Far Cry 4 and Beach Buggy Racing 2.

The basic Luna+ subscription will cost $9.99 per month, with a wide range of titles, from Sonic Mania Plus to Resident Evil 2. Ubisoft+ is also offering $5.99 per month for family and kid-friendly games. Ubisoft+ is available for $4.99 per month, for access to more recent titles such as Far Cry 6, Assassins Creed Valhalla, or a host of Ghost Recon titles. Finally, the Jackbox games channel will pay $4.99 per month for a wide

Subscribing to Luna and all of its channels, depending on which games you want to play and which channel they are available, can be costly. Finally, if you were to subscribe to the Jackbox or Retro channels, you''d be paying $5 per month. There isn''t a contract or any sort of long-term commitment to any of the channels.

As long as you have a reliable connection, gaming is smooth and fun.

Amazon recommends an internet connection of 10 Mbps or higher, and that the Luna Controller and whatever device youre gaming on to be connected to a 5Ghz wireless network (or a wired connection), when possible). I played Dirt 5, Far Cry 4, Sonic Mania Plus and Beach Buggy on a Fire TV Stick 4K Max, an iPad, an iPhone, and a Mac. Games are limited to streaming in 1080p, with a bandwidth-saving option to stream in 720p.

My home internet connection is 1.2Gbps, which is far beyond the 10Mbps minimum when using the Fire TV Stick 4K Max. When the message was presented, it never stopped or paused, but the quality of the stream was noticeablely worse. At times, Far Cry 4s graphics were bland and thin enough that I had to wait for a second or two before the message to fade.

Despite my experience on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac, I rarely, if ever, saw that same network message. Overall, the quality of the stream was excellent. However, I wish games would be available in 4K.

Sonic Mania Plus was a throwback to my childhood that I simply couldn''t get enough of, and because 1080p wasn''t exactly a thing back when I played it, I think it sounded incredible.

My most popular feature of Luna, and by extension cloud gaming, is being able to switch between devices without losing any data or having to consciously charge a stand-alone device. Even if you pack up for a trip and forget the Luna Controller, you can still play on your phone with touch controls, something I haven''t seen before. Fortunately, a controller makes me feel at ease.

Cloud Gaming.Is it the Future?

There''s a lot of interest in cloud gaming. Instead of being required to purchase expensive hardware and accessories, but instead relying on a controller and a fast internet connection is the ultimate goal. However, after using Luna (and Xbox''s own cloud gaming service), it''s clear to me and Id imagine a lot of people that cloud gaming as a whole does not work for every game. Like, first-person shooters like Call of Duty or Fortnite.

Services like Luna make a lot of sense for more casual gamers or those who don''t play FPS games. Hardware isn''t an initial investment, outside of a controller, and subscription fees may vary depending on which channel you choose. Luna can be used for free for seven days or as part of your Prime membership.

For most, Id venture to think that dedicated gaming hardware is a must-have until the game catalog expands and adds the most recent and greatest titles, and connectivity issues become something you never have to remember.

At the time of publication, prices are accurate and items are in stock.

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