Amazon recently announced its foray into the cloud gaming sector with the launch of a new platform called Luna.
The ambitious cloud gaming service will be available on PC, Mac, Fire TV as well as web apps for the iPhone and iPad. Luna also features an exclusive controller and more than 100 games to choose from, including titles from Ubisoft, Capcom, 505 Games, and more.
Games can be streamed at 1080p, with select titles having the option of being streamed at 4K resolution.
This pits Amazon directly against Google Stadia and Microsoft's xCloud in the cloud gaming sector. However, the internet hasn't taken too lightly to the launch of Amazon Luna as its major limitation is that it runs primarily on the basis of a high-speed internet connection.
The limitations of Amazon Luna
In a recent video released by Jeremy Habley of TheQuartering, he speaks about the possible drawbacks of Amazon's cloud gaming service:
I agree that there's almost no chance that anybody can get in the market ..remember, who wants gaming only as good as your internet connection? I don't want that , nobody wants that. Nobody wanted it when Stadia was offering it and nobody wants it now. It's just getting endlessly roasted.
However, he does go on to acknowledge the few good features which Amazon Luna has:
The instant play feature and the Twitch integration will be better than Stadia has and it's just better than Stadia. But being better than something nobody wants is not exactly a good business strategy.
He then goes on to diss the Alexa-enabled Luna controller, which costs $49.99:
How did we let game companies start charging us 50 dollars for game controllers , when did that start? Like seriously.
He sums up his argument with the following verdict:
In my opinion this has a near zero percent chance of working...Maybe if they incentivized Twitch streamers to play their games with like, money, then maybe? What percentage of the market are these people even going after? Who is this for? I don't know what they were thinking, Luna is going to be a disaster , they should just jump the ship immediately now.
Check out some of the reactions to Amazon Luna online:Published 25 Sep 2020, 16:41 IST