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Amazon Announces Their Cloud Gaming Service

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Amazon announced their cloud gaming service at its 2020 hardware event today. Luna, the name of their service, will have a base cost of $5.99. According to Amazon, more than 100 games will be available. It will also feature Twitch integration and have a $49.99 Alexa-enabled controller sold separately.

 

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At its 2020 hardware event today, Amazon announced a cloud gaming platform called Luna.

 

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The service will be available for an “introductory price” of $5.99 a month during its early access phase, which gives subscribers the ability to play Luna Plus channel games across two devices simultaneously and offers 4K / 60fps resolution for “select titles.” Naturally, it will be powered by AWS, Amazon’s ubiquitous web platform.

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This honestly just looks like a Stadia 2.0.

 

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https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/24/21451371/amazon-luna-cloud-gaming-service-twitch-alexa-controller

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I would say, if it comes included with Amazon Prime Student accounts... this might catch on. But other than that... yay Twitch integration.... I'm supposed to be excited right?


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4 minutes ago, BlueChinchillaEatingDorito said:

I would say, if it comes included with Amazon Prime Student accounts... t

which only lasts one or two years...

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Introductory pricing... so it will be going up like we just saw with game pass on PC.

 

Wonder if Prime peeps will get either an inclusive tier (like Amazon music vs unlimited or whatever it is called), perhaps with a discount to get the full version.


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2 minutes ago, porina said:

Introductory pricing... so it will be going up like we just saw with game pass on PC.

 

Wonder if Prime peeps will get either an inclusive tier (like Amazon music vs unlimited or whatever it is called), perhaps with a discount to get the full version.

Yeah, might be cool if I could do a 1 hour at a time thing included with my prime subscription.


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Does anyone actually use cloud gaming?  To me seems like one of those things that's just being pushed as "the next thing" when in reality it's always going to have latency and compression issues that make any sort of PVP game non-starter.


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20 minutes ago, AnonymousGuy said:

Does anyone actually use cloud gaming?

actually wondering the same thing. maybe it's popular with "casuals" ?


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3 hours ago, AnonymousGuy said:

Does anyone actually use cloud gaming?  To me seems like one of those things that's just being pushed as "the next thing" when in reality it's always going to have latency and compression issues that make any sort of PVP game non-starter.

I've used Geforce Now for many games, including FPS games where shooting first matters. If you have a decent connection, with a low ping the latency doesn't bother me. I am not playing competitive, but I am paying to win, which from my experience it hasn't hindered.

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The price (at least during early access) is right, but Luna still faces an uphill battle. Cloud gaming is still pretty rough, and not the greatest value right now.

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7 hours ago, Teddy07 said:

which only lasts one or two years...

Long enough to get people hooked...


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1 minute ago, comander said:

Long enough to get people hooked...

Even more so if they pull things like game licenses and stuff like expansions don't transfer over to other platforms. 


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I don't think this is big enough for its own post but it is worth of mentioning anyways.

 

Luna runs on Windows and Nvidia graphics, to be specific Amazon is using their own EC2 G4 instances that runs Intel cascade lake CPU and Nvidia turing based T4 GPU with 8.1 teraflops, this is why it can launch with 100 of games in a beta state since it's the same PC version of games developers already made.

 

https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2020/9/25/21455610/amazon-luna-game-streaming-windows-nvidia-gpu-servers


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1 hour ago, IAmAndre said:

Is Stadia still a thing?

What's Stadia? 🤔🤣


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Yawn


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