Amazon Luna Game Streaming Service Expands to UK, Germany with Racing Games

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Streaming racing games without the need for a PC or console sounds like the stuff of fiction. But with Amazon's Luna subscription expanding to new territories like Germany and the UK, it is now possible.

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Amazon Luna is a gaming subscription as part of Prime which allows players to stream games to their phone or TV. Don't worry about purchasing an expensive gaming PC or getting your hands on a console, this service requires a simple screen with internet connection.

This week, this latest cloud-operated game streaming service announced it had expanded from its home in the USA to new territories. In fact, Amazon's gaming subscription is now available in Germany and the UK while other countries are sure to join the list soon.

What's on offer with Amazon Luna?​

The base Amazon Luna subscription, which comes as standard with Amazon Prime, gives players access to a handful of titles each week. Currently available, among others, are The Legend of Heroes - Trails from Zero and Sail Forth. Much like the Xbox Game Pass, this selection of games can be expanded through several additional subscription tiers.

Double your standard Amazon Prime subscription price and you get access to Luna+. Popular titles such as Overcooked and Devil May Cry 5 headline the subscription which provides access to a long list of triple A games.

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Opt to pay £14.99 on top of your standard Amazon Prime monthly payment and you'll gain access to Ubisoft+ Multi Access. This allows players to access almost every title by the French gaming studio. Anything from the Far Cry and Assassin's Creed franchises is just a click away from being streamed to you Fire TV stick, phone or tablet.

Finally, for a little under £4 per month, Amazon Luna provides the Jackbox Games subscription. A selection of party games is included in this tier, perfect for those that enjoy entertaining during dinner parties.

Racing with Amazon Luna​

Whilst Amazon Luna and its various subscriptions cater to the mainstream gamer, several racing games are also to be enjoyed on the service. As one may predict, the most expensive Ubisoft+ subscription tier gives players unlimited access to The Crew franchise. This popular racing title features a large open world map depicting the entire United States of America, at a scaled down size of course. Although, the next release is set to drop this unique selling point.

Ubisoft also provides access to several high-octane action sport simulators. Riders Republic, Trials Fusion and Trials Rising feature on the list.

The most interesting titles for simracers however come in the Luna+ subscription tier. Rally fans have a perfect opportunity to decide once and for all which is the best current rally simulator. Both Dirt Rally 2.0 and WRC Generations are available for Luna+ members. Racers will therefore be able to drive each game back-to-back in an attempt to set each title apart.


Dirt Rally 2.0's younger arcade sibling, Dirt 5 is also part of the subscription. Luna+ also gives access to fun racers like Riptide GP Renegade, Horizon Chase Turbo and Team Sonic Racing. Hot Wheels Unleashed, one game our friends at Overtake claimed to be one of the best racing games for the Ninetendo Switch also features as part of Luna+.

As aforementioned, games included as part of the Amazon Luna subscription model can be played simply from a phone or tablet. However, a special Luna controller is available for those looking to use the service with a TV. This will certainly be of use when flying through the narrow roads of Finland in either rally racing title.

Does Amazon's Luna game streaming service interest you?
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If I stream the game to my TV how do I connect the controllers ? While the TV has USB ports for connecting external drives I doubt it recognizes controller .
 
No thanks, yet another « subscription » service that makes you pay a monthly fee for a bunch of stuff that you don’t want/need. It seems like nobody owns anything anymore, it’s all about subscriptions now. These add up very quickly. Multiply by 12 months and see how much it costs a year…
 
(he hasn't read the steam policy and subscriber agreement)

Actually I knew this, not from actually reading it though :)

But it's the best way to have a good chance to be able to access them long time, other than piracy or GoG (or equivalent). As basically ownership has ended ever since games are no longer complete on disk, online DRM, etc. etc.
 
I'm interested in the technology, but they'll have to work hard to make the devices work & these deals sound terrible.
A crafty way to get me on Prime, no thanks!
I would rather pay for the games on Steam...
 
"Rally fans have a perfect opportunity to decide once and for all which is the best current rally simulator. Both Dirt Rally 2.0 and WRC Generations"
WRC Generation is a sim? Must be a special version on Amazon I guess, the one i have is arcade garbage.
 
Actually I knew this, not from actually reading it though :)

But it's the best way to have a good chance to be able to access them long time, other than piracy or GoG (or equivalent). As basically ownership has ended ever since games are no longer complete on disk, online DRM, etc. etc.
Yeah i just thought the scenario was funny since you specifically mentioned steam, but i get what you mean. Relying on a single server in testing phase to play your game is an awful idea.
 
If there is one thing a simgame doesn't need is the game running an extra 10 frames behind your input and being in constant danger of video artifacting and pausing.
 
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Race games on Amazon Luna is absolutely lunar (crazy) with no wheel base / pedal / shifter options! This topic is nonsense until the controller options are proper!
Rome wasn't built in one day either.

I was lucky enough to take part in the beta of OnLive (similar technology) back in 2012'ish. This was the first attempt to stream games from any crappy old PC without a proper videocard to your home and it worked really good. With internet applications still improving it's just a matter of time that such a service will become successful. Google Stadia failed unfortunately, OnLive was sold to Sony) but if somebody can do it it must be Amazon for sure.

I am less sceptical, I can totally see a streaming service for games become as successful as Netflix is for movies and series. Of course I would like to use a wheel and pedals for racing sims but I am sure that will be possible in the future.
 
I am less sceptical, I can totally see a streaming service for games become as successful as Netflix is for movies and series. Of course I would like to use a wheel and pedals for racing sims but I am sure that will be possible in the future.

Yes, just a couple more need to die first, probably. Unless somehow some persevere, as large companies seem to give up pretty fast. And maybe even the current global economic situation undermining the 'grow grow grow, sell or make money later' mentality that might counter it (which I find a dumb business model anyway, personally).

In a world were some of the mayor markets for games still don't have decent internet for large parts of the population and/or pay for usage, it still doesn't seem to make sense to me. Maybe the tech is ready, though even that might still not be the case.

Then there is the current mindset, maybe people are just not ready to accept it yet. Not to mention subscription fatigue, which seems to be becoming a thing.

And splintering of the market is a thing. Either everything being mostly available on most platforms might help. Or being able to pick titles and have the sub fee adjusted. Other than that, for a lot of people it would seem like a bad deal when not playing a fast scope of games or having a select few being worth it. Or it being so cheap, it's probably unsustainable for the developers. I just don't see it happening soon.

We can all voice our opinions, and they'll just remain that. Times change, as we get older, it's harder to put yourself in the zeitgeist of younger people. And as we can't predict the future, we'll just have to wait and see how it pans out.

In the end we can only hope it'll be good for us as consumers.

with the current bullshit copyright laws, gambling practices, unfinished games, etc. etc. I have a hard time seeing anything getting better just yet :)

just my 2ct essay xD
 
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I think this is the future & I would go further where we rent randomly distributed hardware around the world, like how crypto mining for some coins is distributed. Efficient use of hardware & electricity. There are in fact such projects.
It's hard to predict when all these technologies become mainstream, but won't be soon.
 
No thanks, yet another « subscription » service that makes you pay a monthly fee for a bunch of stuff that you don’t want/need. It seems like nobody owns anything anymore, it’s all about subscriptions now. These add up very quickly. Multiply by 12 months and see how much it costs a year…
It's really annoying. It happens with F1 coverage too. They keep adding in extras, like a pre show, different camera angles, onboard, etc. To try and justify the prices they want to charge, I just want to watch the race, I don't want all that extra crap, I just want to watch the race. I will never, ever pay for a sky subscription.

I would never, ever pay for a gaming subscription service either.

I'm at the stage in my life now were I'm perfectly happy going without.
 

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