It's hard to believe Amazon announced its Luna cloud gaming service back in September 2020.
It wasn't a huge surprise at the time - there had long been rumours about the retail giant releasing a service to compete with the likes of Google, Microsoft and Nvidia. Cloud gaming still plays second fiddle to PC and console gaming, but Amazon is one of a growing number of companies seeking to change that.
However, progress towards a widespread release has been slow. Luna was initially only available to those who received invites, and it remained in "early access" for almost 18 months. It's finally available to everyone, albeit only in the US. Here's everything you need to know about Luna.
When was Amazon Luna released?
Luna was officially unveiled at Amazon's event on 24 September 2020, although the company didn't say when the service will be widely available.
As it turned out, that would be almost 18 months later. Following an extended "early access" phase, Luna finally became available to the general public on 1 March 2022.
However, it remains limited to mainland United States. There's still no word on when it'll be available elsewhere - that might depend on how it's received by US customers.
How much does Amazon Luna cost?
Luna is finally available to everyone in the US, with a core Luna+ subscription is available for an US$5.99 per month - that appears to be the regular price for now. However a 7-day free trial is also available.
However, you don't necessarily have to pay. Prime subscribers get access to some games completely free of charge - this is a rotating selection, so regularly changes. See the current selection on the Amazon website.
If the Luna+ and Prime Gaming line-ups don't tempt you, there's also the option to sign up to Ubisoft Plus. This costs $17.99 per month, but gets you access to high-profile titles like Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Far Cry 6.
Both support up to 1080p resolution at 60fps, but you're limited to one device at a time on Ubisoft+ while Luna+ supports two.
Other options include a subscription specifically for Jackbox's party games ($4.99) and classic titles in the Retro channel (also $4.99).
There's also a $2.99 Family Channel, which has a lineup of child-friendly games and supports local co-op. Each of these subscriptions can work independently or be combined - you no longer need to pay for Luna first to get Ubisoft+.
The Luna Controller, designed to be used alongside the service, is also now available for everyone in the US to buy. It usually costs $69.99, but is currently discounted to $49.99. Here, you'll also find the option to combine it with a Phone Clip attachment ($62.98).
However, Luna does also work with the Xbox One controller, DualShock 4 (PS4), Razer Kishi or just a regular mouse and keyboard.
How to join Luna
Now Luna is out of early access, it couldn't be easier. Just head to the Amazon website and sign in to your account. Then either click 'Play free with Prime', or purchase one of the other subscriptions.
Like the full Prime subscription, you can cancel at any time.
Remember, this is only available if you're in the US - though you might be able to get around that requirement with a VPN.
What will I need to play Amazon Luna?
A key selling point of Luna is the ability to "play on the devices you already own". So far, the service is available on PC, Mac, Fire TV, Android (though not all devices), and iOS - the latter via a web app. This is part of the ongoing early access period, with interested US customers signing up on the Amazon website and then being invited to play.
At the time of writing, the following Fire TV devices are compatible with Luna:
- Fire TV Stick Lite
- Fire TV Stick (2nd & 3rd generation)
- Fire TV Stick 4K and 4K Max
- Fire TV (3rd generation)
- Fire TV Cube
- Fire TV Omni Series
- Fire TV 4-Series
- Toshiba Fire TV Edition
- Insignia Fire TV Edition
On the official support page, Amazon is encouraging users to make sure their devices are updated to the latest version of Fire OS.
All other devices are still in early access. Android support is limited to the following devices at the time of writing, though Amazon intends to widen support as early access continues:
- Pixel 3, 3XL, 3a, 3a XL, 4XL, 4a, 4a 5G, 5
- Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, Note 9, S10, S10 Plus, Note 10, Note 10 Plus, S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, Note 20, Note 20 Ultra
- OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7 Pro 5G, 8, 8 Pro, Nord, 7T, 7T Pro, 7T Pro 5G
You'll also need version 86 or later of the Chrome web browser installed on your phone.
PCs and laptops require at least version 83 of the desktop version, with Luna not available on the Mac version of Safari. All Windows 10 devices with DirectX 11 are supported, while you'll need a Mac from 2014 or later running at least macOS High Sierra.
On the iPhone and iPad, you do need to use Safari on a device running iOS 14.
However, there's one requirement regardless of which device you're playing on. You'll need at least a 10Mbps internet connection, although Amazon recommends using an Ethernet cable or 5GHz Wi-Fi where possible.
While you can play Luna with a keyboard and mouse or any Bluetooth controller, Amazon is encouraging you to pick up the new Luna controller. It looks almost identical to the one you'll find on Xbox, and will likely provide a similar experience. However, the Luna Controller has extra tricks up its sleeve: Alexa integration and the ability to seamlessly move between devices.
Amazon Luna games
There are already plenty of games to choose from when it comes to Amazon Luna+. Here's the full list so far:
- Alien: Isolation
- A Plague Tale: Innocence
- AO Tennis 2
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Atomik: RunGunJumpGun
- Blair Witch
- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
- Blazing Chrome
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
- Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling
- Call of the Sea
- Castlevania Anniversary Collection
- Contra Collection
- Cook Serve Delicious 3
- Deponia Doomsday
- Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes
- Edna & Harvey: The Breakout
- Far Cry 6
- FIFA 21
- Ghost of a Tale
- Goodbye Deponia
- Hard Reset Redux
- Immortals Fenyx Rising
- Infinite Minigolf
- Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV
- Lumines Remastered
- Mega Man 11
- Metro Exodus
- Mighty Switch Force! Collection
- No More Heroes
- No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
- Overcooked 2
- Panzer Dragoon
- Paper Beast
- R-Type Dimensions EX
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- Rez Infinite
- Riders Republic
- River City Girls
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition
- Shadow Tactics
- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition
- Shantae: Risky’s Revenge
- Sonic Mania Plus
- Steamworld Dig
- Steamworld Dig 2
- Steamworld Heist
- Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
- Super Mega Baseball 3
- Sythentik: Legion Rising
- Tennis World Tour 2
- Trails of Cold Steel 3
- The Mummy Demastered
- The Sexy Brutale
- The Surge
- The Surge 2
- Thimbleweed Park
- Under Night In-Birth
- Victor Vran
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- The Wonderful 101 Remastered
- Yakuza 0
- Yoku’s Island Express
- Yooka-Laylee Impossible Lair
- Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
As Amazon announced at the 2021 Game Awards, they're now joined by the following:
- Devil May Cry 5
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
- Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion
- Riders Republic
- Rainbow Six: Extraction
Plenty more games are available across the other subscriptions, all of which can be found on the Amazon website.
Alongside the lineup of games is integration with Twitch, the gaming-focused streaming service owned by Amazon. Within the Luna "experience", players will see the option to watch a relevant Twitch stream, while there will also be the ability to start playing directly within the Twitch app.
Amazon has also revealed the Netflix-style user interface for Luna, which includes the aforementioned Twitch streams as well as relevant trailers and screenshots.
We'll update this article as soon as we know more about Luna. In the meantime, check out our round-up of the best game streaming services to see what it's up against.