Will Amazon’s Luna Gaming Service Rival Xbox Game Pass?

Sunday, February 28, 2021

It is no secret that cloud gaming is going to be a huge market. That’s why so many of the world’s biggest companies are vying for position at the top of the cloud gaming sector. Even businesses that haven’t traditionally worked with video games are entering the market. One of the biggest names is Amazon, which has announced the launch of its cloud gaming service, Amazon Luna.

This article will look at the Amazon Luna service and consider if it could compete with Xbox Game Pass.

How does cloud gaming work?

Cloud gaming is a new format for playing video games. In the past, to play a game you would need a piece of hardware to process all of the data. In 2021, the internet has improved so much that the processing of game data can now be done by a remote server, with the information streamed over the internet to the person playing the game. To play their games, all a person needs is a subscription to a cloud gaming service, a good internet connection, and a compatible device.

Amazon Luna

What is Amazon Luna?

Of course, considering the huge potential cloud gaming has, and the cloud infrastructure Amazon already has for its web services branch of the business, it makes a lot of sense for Amazon to have entered the gaming market. 

Amazon Luna is the cloud gaming service Amazon has brought out to rival the other big tech companies that are already in the industry. It lets a person play video games on compatible devices including the Fire TV, Windows PC, and Macs. This is as well as iPhones, iPads, and some Android phones.

Luna+ and Ubisoft+

There is also the Luna+ game channel, which provides access to a library of games, both old and new. While Luna is in early access, Luna+ is priced at $5.99 a month. Alongside this there is the Ubisoft+ channel, which is also in beta. This is essentially the same idea as the Luna+ channel, but is dedicated solely to old and new Ubisoft games. You could play these at 1080p, with plans to add 4k in the future.

How to play on Amazon Luna

At the moment Amazon is available for early access, by invitation only. To be invited you have to have a US Amazon account and request a Luna invitation. Early access is granted on a rolling basis. If you do sign up, keep an eye on your emails because they’ll let you know if you’ve got access via that. Unfortunately, early access is not available outside the US as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and US territories. 

What you need to play on Luna

To play your games on Luna, you will need a high-speed internet connection. Amazon recommends a minimum speed internet connection of 10mbps. To play in 4k you will need 35 mbps. The better your internet connection, the better the gaming streams will be.

Alongside this, you’ll need a game controller or mouse and keyboard that’s compatible. Some of the compatible controllers are the Luna Controller, Xbox One controller, DualShock 4 controller, and the Razer Kishi Mobile Game Controller. Alongside a controller you will need a device that is compatible with Luna such as a Windows PC, Mac, Fire TV, iPhone, iPad, some Android phones will work as well.

Will Amazon’s Luna Gaming Service Rival Xbox Game Pass?

With Amazon Luna in Beta and not as widely explored as the Xbox service, it is difficult to say definitively about the strength Luna will bring to the market. Some of the big pluses are that it already has more than 100 games in its library ready for launch. This isn’t including the Ubisoft games that are available to play on the platform as well. Another big plus is that Luna will be compatible with Twitch, which is also owned by Amazon.

Breaking into the gaming market is extremely difficult, there are some big companies that have a commanding hold over the sector. But with the commercial weight that Amazon has, alongside its capital, and the infrastructure already in place for Amazon Web Services, if any company is capable of rivalling the market leaders, it is Amazon.