Amazon enters the streaming fray – and Jeff Bezos is not fooling around: the Luna will have a serious slate of titles.
This week now has two big announcements. The first one was Microsoft outright acquiring Zenimax Media, and the weekend kicked off with Amazon announcing its game streaming service. The Amazon Luna will thus compete against Google Stadia, Microsoft (Project) xCloud, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Sony PlayStation Now.
The Verge got information about the technical details. The Luna subscribers can run the games on Windows-based EC2 G4 servers, which will have Intel Cascade Lake CPUs and Nvidia T4 GPUs. The latter is designed for servers, using the Turing architecture, and is capable of 8.1 TFLOPS performance (in comparison: Series X: 12, PlayStation 5: 10.28) – with it, the GPU is about the same level as a GeForce RTX 2070, and it also supports ray tracing.
Google Stadia has a Linux-based OS and an AMD GPU, so Amazon’s choice of the Windows+Nvidia combination will benefit the developers, and the launch line-up seems to confirm it:
- A Plague Tale: Innocence
- AO Tennis 2
- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
- Blazing Chrome
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
- Castlevania Anniversary Collection
- Contra Anniversary Collection
- Deponia Doomsday
- DiRT Rally 2.0
- Ghost of a Tale
- Goodbye Deponia
- Hard Reset Redux
- Infinite Minigolf
- Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth
- Lumines Remastered
- Metro Exodus
- Mighty Switch Force! Collection
- Overcooked! 2
- Panzer Dragoon Remake
- Paper Beast
- R-Type Dimensions EX
- Redout: Solar Challenge Edition
- Resident Evil 7
- Rez Infinite
- River City Girls
- The Sexy Brutale
- Shadow Tactics
- Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Ultimate Edition
- Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut
- Sonic Mania Plus
- Star Wars Pinball
- SteamWorld Dig
- SteamWorld Dig 2
- SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition
- SteamWorld Quest
- Super Mega Baseball 3
- The Surge
- The Surge 2
- Sythentik: Legion Rising
- Tennis World Tour 2
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
- Thimbleweed Park
- Victor Vran: Overkill Edition
- Wonder Boy: The Dragon Trap
- Yoku’s Island Express
- Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair
- Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
This list seems to benefit mostly indie fans.
Amazon Luna’s early access launches in early October (the basic Luna+ channel with the aforementioned games will cost 6 dollars per month). Similarly to Prime Video, it will also come with dedicated channels with respective subscriptions. The first one will be for Ubisoft, and it will allow day-one access to titles like Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising, when they launch.
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