Last year, it was reported that Amazon was apparently thinking about getting into the game streaming business, and sure enough they have. The company has recently announced Luna, its attempt at launching a game streaming platform, following in the footsteps of other platforms like NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, Microsoft’s xCloud, and Google Stadia.
However, it won’t be the same as these other services. Unlike Stadia where you have to pay to play individual titles, Luna will follow a similar concept as xCloud where you pay a flat subscription fee and get access to an entire library of games. However, even then it will differ from xCloud where Amazon will be launching individual “channels” for partner publishers.
One of the partnered publishers is Ubisoft, where users can choose to subscribe to that channel in order to access specific Ubisoft titles. Alternatively, they can also subscribe to the Luna+ channel which comes with its own games. For now it seems that each channel might have its own limitations/requirements, for example the Luna+ channel supports up to 2 devices at once, while the Ubisoft channel only supports one device at a time.
Luna+ is priced at $5.99 a month, which Amazon notes is its introductory price. There is no word on how much the Ubisoft channel subscription will cost. Luna is currently in early access so it isn’t open to everyone just yet, and it is also only available in the US for now. For those interested in getting early access, head on over to Luna’s website to request for an invitation (not guaranteed).