Luna, Amazon’s cloud gaming service, has begun sending out invites as early as Oct. 20 to a small number of US-based customers for early access. These few will get to test out the service and even be allowed to be the first to purchase Amazon’s game controller for $49.99, if they wish. This purchase is not required however, as all early access participants will receive a Bluetooth enabled controller to connect to their various devices.
Early access will provide testers access to Luna itself, which is available across Fire TV, Mac, PC, and on web apps for iOS, with an Android version that is scheduled some time soon. Those with early access will be able to stream games directly from the cloud on any of these devices but will still require a subscription of $5.99, to the Luna Gaming Channel. However, early testers will get 7-days of Luna Plus for free.
The subscription itself comes with 50 games, with more added over time, and a Ubisoft-specific channel is also expected to launch soon. This channel will offer previously released titles as well as newer ones including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Amazon doesn’t offer full game purchases for Luna, so games will not have to be purchased individually in order to play them.
Luna was announced in September, which came along with a sign up link for early access participation. For now, the company plans to stick to a small number of testers for the service, but will continue to add more over the next few months.
“We are just getting started and need streamers and players of all kinds—core, casual, and first-time gamers—to provide feedback,” Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services vice president Marc Whitten wrote. “We want to hear what customers like, what they don’t like, and what they want to see us build. If we’re doing something great, tell us. If we’re missing the bar, we want to know that too. We can’t wait to hear what you think.”
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