Amazon has started emailing early access invites to its Amazon Luna game streaming service, but only to a select few of the hundreds of thousands of US gamers who signed up.
In a blog postAmazon said it would start with “ a small number of first-time customers on the service and we’ll be inviting more players to join us in the coming months. ” If you don’t receive an invitation soon, you may be on the waiting list for a while.
Invited early access gamers will initially get access to the Luna Plus Game Channel and its 50 game library for $ 6 per month, with more games to be added later. This is Amazon’s main channel of licensed games, but players will soon be able to add publisher-specific channels (with their own subscription fees) for more games.
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The Ubisoft Channel is also being added to Early Access, but Amazon doesn’t specify when it will be available or how much it will cost. However, it does say that the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available on that channel.
That $ 6 / month Luna Plus rate isn’t good until the end of Early Access – and again, we don’t know when Early Access will end or how much the final subscription cost will be. Gamers with early access will be notified 30 days before the rate increases and you can cancel at any time from month to month.
If you are one of the lucky Luna invitees, you can play the games catalog with any Bluetooth controller or buy the Luna controller for $ 49. Or, if you want to try your luck and receive a Luna invite, Add here if you haven’t already.
How Luna streaming stacks up
Luna’s game streaming equivalent right now is Xbox Game Pass – for a flat monthly fee you can download any game available in the channel library.
This contrasts with Google Stadia, which charges a monthly fee for a select library of games, or it can buy games directly to stream through the service – and Nvidia GeForce Now, which lets you stream select games from your Steam library.
However, unlike Game Pass, Luna doesn’t allow you to buy games at all, while you can buy expired Game Pass titles at a decent discount to keep them in your library. Game Pass Ultimate also has more games available (~ 200 vs.50), but also costs more per month ($ 15 / month vs $ 6 / month).
Those monthly fees will increase once early access ends, and you will have to pay extra if you decide to subscribe to the Ubisoft channel or other game channels when they become available.
Amazon doesn’t specify which games make up Luna Plus’ initial 50 titles Early Access catalog, but expects to find acclaimed titles such as Control, Resident Evil 7, CrossCode, Overcooked 2, Sonic Mania Plus, Metro Exodus, and many others. Ultimately, Luna would have at least 100 games when fully launched, but many require a Ubisoft subscription.