Amazon Luna available to everyone in the United States. The cloud gaming service expands the catalog of titles and introduces new functions

In late 2020, Amazon launched moonits cloud gaming service, similar to Google Stadia. The service had been launched only in the United States and early access by invitation issued at Amazon’s discretion upon request by interested parties. Only on the occasion of the Prime Day 2021, Amazon has given Prime members in the US the ability to access Luna without needing to request the early access invitation. Starting March 1, 2022, Luna is available to everyone in the continental United States on compatible devices, including Fire TVs, Fire tablets, Windows PCs, Chromebooks, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android phones. To start playing, simply download the Luna Controller app, use a compatible controller or purchase the Luna Controller.

On the occasion of this launch, Amazon has expanded Luna’s game library, and introduced new features. Amazon Prime members have access to the “Prime Gaming Channel“, a channel that offers the possibility to try an always updated selection of games on Luna for free. Users also have the possibility to subscribe to new channels, com Retro Channel and Jackbox Games Channel, to access the titles they include. Luna features are there live broadcast on Twitch and the Luna Phone Controller available in the Luna Controller app for iPhone and Android phones.

The advantage of cloud gaming is that you can play on devices you may already own, without the need to purchase a game console or gaming PC. Games are hosted and run in the cloud, on Amazon’s servers, and streamed to gamers’ screens, with no long download, install or update times.

“Luna harnesses the power of the cloud, allowing customers to instantly play immersive, high-quality games on the devices they already own,” said Daniel Rausch, Vice President of Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services. “Today we are excited to make Luna available to all customers in the continental US, with a unique offer for Prime members to play free games, new Twitch broadcast features for creators, and a wide range of titles for the fun for all players. “

Amazon Luna allows access to games by subscribing to one or more of the six available “game channels”, it is not currently possible to purchase individual titles. Among the most recently added channels are:
Prime Gaming Channel: Amazon Prime members can play a selection (constantly updated) of games on Luna for free through this dedicated channel. For the month of March, Prime members can play Devil May Cry 5; Observer: System Redux; PHOGS !; Flashback; and, from 8 March to 14 March, Immortals Fenyx Rising.
Retro Channel: this channel offers a number of classic games from publishers such as Capcom and SNK; also, included are and Street Fighter II ‘- Hyper Fighting –, Metal Slug 3, Castlevania Anniversary Collection and more. The Retro Channel is available for $ 4.99 per month.
Jackbox Games Channel: This channel includes titles for family play, with which all eight Jackbox Games Party Packs including Quiplash, You Don’t Know Jack, DrawfulAnd Trivia Murder Party. These titles support Luna Couch, a cloud-first feature that allows you to invite others to join a multiplayer game session immediately, even if they don’t have a Luna subscription. The Jackbox Games channel is available for $ 4.99 per month.

There are also other channels available for a few months already. “Moon +“with over 100 titles (such as Devil May Cry 5, Ghostrunner, Team Sonic Racing And Yakuza: Like a Dragon); the channel “Ubisoft +“provides access to popular new releases of Ubisoft games (such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Far Cry 6 And Immortals Fenyx Rising); “The Family Channel“includes a curated selection of fun titles for all ages, including Monster Truck Championship, Heave Ho And Sponge Bob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom.

From April 1, 2022, the launch of a new subscription to the “Luna +” channel will cost $ 9.99 per month; the “Family Channel” will cost $ 5.99 per month. Existing early access customers and customers who sign up to “Luna +” or “Family Channel” by March 31, 2022 can lock the subscription price as long as they keep it active, at $ 5.99 per month and $ 2, respectively. $ 99 a month. The Retro channel is available for $ 4.99 a month, the Jackbox Games channel for $ 4.99 a month, and the Ubisoft + channel for $ 17.99 a month.

As for the new features:
Live broadcast on Twitch: All Luna users have the ability to stream on Twitch. Luna’s latest update on PC, Mac and Fire TV introduced a new broadcast button that allows you to stream gameplay live with a camera feed superimposed on the screen, providing a new and simple way to broadcast to friends or family. Twitch community. With Fire TV devices, you can also use a QR code to connect your phone as a webcam and microphone.
Luna Phone Controller– You can try Luna on Fire TV using only an iPhone or Android phone as a controller via the Luna Controller app, available as a free download in the iOS and Android app stores. It is an ideal option for new or casual gamers without a controller who want to try out simple games available on Luna.

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