Amazon has launched Luna in the mainland US for Android, iOS, Chrome OS, macOS, and Windows. The core Luna+ service with over 100 games will typically cost $10 per month, with the kid-friendly Family Channel and Ubisoft+ Channels available for a respective $6 and $18 per month.Amazon hopes to reel in newcomers by dropping the monthly fees of Luna+ and the Family channel to $6 and $3 for anyone who signs up during March. Existing users just have to maintain their subscriptions to lock-in that pricing. The official debut comes alongside some new channels.
A Prime Gaming channel, as the name implies, gives Amazon Prime members a free, rotating mix of games. The March selection will include titles like Devil May Cry 5 and Flashback. Pay $5 per month for the Retro Channel, and you’ll get Capcom and SNK classics like Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting and Metal Slug 3, while a similar outlay for the Jackbox Games Channel provides access to all eight Jackbox Party Pack titles.
Luna’s latest update also makes it simpler to stream gameplay from a Fire TV device, Mac, or Windows PC on Twitch. You’ll need a webcam and mic if you want to interact with viewers, but this might be an option if you’re determined to broadcast and don’t have a brawny-enough computer to play demanding locally-stored games.
As with comparable services like Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate, Amazon challenge is to convince players that subscription-based game streaming is a good supplement or even replacement for conventional PC and console gaming experiences. Amazon main advantage is its ubiquity — it can make sure people are aware Luna exists, whether they’re watching on Twitch or buying a Fire TV gadget for the living room.