Amazon Luna, the cloud gaming service has finally expanded into more territories. They're also no longer blocking Linux.
Previously, you needed a few tricks to get around their blocking to get into Luna, if you were in the USA where it was supported. Now though with the expansion into Canada, Germany and the UK more people can try it out. Playing it on my Linux desktop (Fedora KDE) with Chrome, it works out of the box but you just get an unsupported device warning that you can safely skip over and then the games appear to work just fine.
From the press release:
“With Amazon Luna, we’re making gaming easier and more convenient by offering instant access to console-quality games on devices customers already own,” said Eric Saarnio, vice president, Amazon Devices International. “Gamers in the U.S. have been enjoying Luna for the past year so we’re thrilled to now expand the service to customers in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.”
What it offers up:
- Free games each month for Amazon Prime subscribers, rotated so you don't keep them.
- Luna+ at £8.99 a month for access to various games.
- Ubisoft+ at £14.99 a month for lots of Ubisoft games.
- Jackbox games at £3.99 to access their party games.
Prime members who also have Luna+ can link to Ubisoft Connect to play a select few Ubisoft games too.
They're going to have to do a lot to compete with Xbox Cloud Gaming and NVIDIA GeForce NOW, both much more established and both can work on Linux and Steam Deck too. Cloud Gaming is clearly here to stay, it just depends on who has the resources to keep it up initially and doesn't go with a crap business model like Google did with Stadia.
Will any of you be giving Amazon Luna a go? Are you already using it? What do you think?