After a solid month of using the Amazon Luna, the cloud service may not be the future of gaming, but the controller itself is here to stay.
Luna+ is the most attractive channel as it offers the largest number of games for a reasonable price. However, it doesn’t offer any new or exclusive titles. The plus side is you have a massive library of Indie and AAA hits you can play anywhere. But it’s nothing more than a greatest hits collection, most of which you may have already played before on a more stable platform.
Speaking of performance, Luna has improved greatly since its early access days in 2020. It has implemented a 720p streaming option more suitable for those with slower internet speeds but still maintains its crisp 1080p service at 60fps for high-end cloud gaming.
But even with the upgraded service, Luna still has some of the limitations of cloud gaming. Using Wi-Fi or cell service means the connection to Luna’s servers isn’t always the most stable. There’s also noticeable input lag between the time a player presses a button and the action is completed on screen. This wouldn’t be that big of a problem if a large portion of the games available didn’t require precise inputs (i.e. Furi, Katana Zero, Blasphemous).
That being said, it isn’t a bad service. Most single-player experiences performed great as long as the connection stayed steady. There were some performance issues when playing more demanding games like Ghostrunner, Control, or A Plague Tale. Yet, there’s something so satisfying about having access to an arsenal of indie hits you may have missed, most of which perform without a hitch.
It’s hard to recommend Luna, the service, to any hardcore gamers. But it could act as a budget-friendly alternative for those who don’t already own a home console. You won’t get access to any brand new or exclusive titles, but you will have plenty of critically acclaimed games at your fingertips wherever you go.
The controller, on the other hand, is a magnificent piece of equipment that can compete against both Xbox and PlayStation’s peripherals. Regardless of the service, if you’re looking for a new controller but not looking to break the bank, you can’t go wrong with the Luna controller.
The Amazon Luna gaming service gets a comfortable 8/10 rating. The score is an average of two scores as it’s hard to judge Amazon’s attempt at cloud gaming outright. The controller itself would score an immaculate 9/10 while the service itself would score a 7/10. It’s not a bad service, there just isn’t enough there to justify a full endorsement.