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Amazon Luna cloud gaming launches in Canada, Germany and the UK

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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?

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Salvatos Mar 22, 2023
Give a trash company more money to play games I won’t own? No thanks.
Pengling Mar 22, 2023
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I have no interest in game-streaming services, but for those who have access to this in the UK, apparently the charming cutesy-robot platformer Mega Man 11 is on there until April 1st. I played through this via Proton last year and it's excellent (and a particularly good fit if you're playing on a portable device) - well worth a go.
mr-victory Mar 22, 2023
With which browser did you try?
Kohrias Mar 22, 2023
From a privacy perspective it is quite scary to let Amazon have your gaming profile in addition to your real-life (shopping) data.
kokoko3k Mar 22, 2023
No way to play amazon prime games?
Liam Dawe Mar 22, 2023
Quoting: kokoko3kNo way to play amazon prime games?
That's an entirely separate thing. There is an in-progress app for Linux from the community, but I can never remember the name.
BlackBloodRum Mar 22, 2023
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Quoting: KohriasFrom a privacy perspective it is quite scary to let Amazon have your gaming profile in addition to your real-life (shopping) data.
You think shopping profile and gaming profile is the only data they have on you? Don't be so naive
Klaas Mar 22, 2023
Quoting: BlackBloodRumYou think shopping profile and gaming profile is the only data they have on you? Don't be so naive
Ah yes, the wonders of everyone using AWS…
CatKiller Mar 22, 2023
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: kokoko3kNo way to play amazon prime games?
That's an entirely separate thing. There is an in-progress app for Linux from the community, but I can never remember the name.
Nile?
Forge Mar 22, 2023
I don’t know that I’d be so quick to give kudos to Nvidia. They still limit Linux clients to 1080p/60Hz, which doesn’t sound that bad till you have a nice 4K/144Hz monitor and go back to dual booting for competitive games.

Worst part is that ChromeOS and Android both get unrestricted profiles, it’s just Desktop Linux getting the 1080p/60 shaft.
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