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Amazon Announces Luna Cloud Gaming Service

Cloud gaming is not a new idea — companies have been trying and failing to make streaming game experiences stick for a decade, but it seems like we’re finally reaching critical mass. Amazon has joined the likes of Microsoft and Google to announce its own cloud gaming service called Luna. It will cost just $5.99 per month during the testing phase, but we don’t know what Amazon has in store for the full launch. 

All the games in Luna will render in the cloud, and the video will stream down to your devices. Luna will, naturally, rely on Amazon’s AWS web platform to deliver games with low latency. Like Google’s Stadia service, Luna has a custom $50 controller that connects directly to Wi-Fi. That means the inputs go straight up to the cloud service rather than bouncing through a local device first. Amazon says this cuts ...

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