One Year Later, Amazon Luna Just Keeps Getting Better

A king among cloud gaming options

Key Takeaways

  • It’s been almost a year since Amazon Luna was released to consumers, giving gamers yet another way to play games in the cloud.
  • During the past year, Amazon has continued to improve Luna by adding new games and channels.
  • Gaming on Luna continues to feel smooth and mostly free of any input lag, though I did notice issues in a few titles I’ve tested over the months.
Amazon Luna and SpongeBob video game on desktop, tablet, and mobile

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A year after its release, gaming on Amazon Luna still feels almost as smooth as gaming on a powerful PC, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop improving anytime soon.

Over the past year, I’ve found myself going back to Amazon Luna every few months to test out new games, and just to check in on the general state of the service. While other cloud gaming options like Google Stadia and GeForce Now have stumbled a little along the way, Amazon has managed to keep a tight grip on its cloud-based gaming platform. The introduction of hit new games, as well as more channels for users to check out, also have helped spur Luna onward, giving users more to enjoy.

When I first tried Luna last year, I was excited about the possibilities Amazon was bringing to the table with its cloud gaming service. Now, after a year of improvements, new additions, and just general updates, Luna continues to be a trophy holder among the various cloud-based gaming options we have available.

Focusing on What Matters

If I had to pick out one thing that has helped make Amazon Luna such a big success compared to other cloud streaming platforms, it would probably be the way it approaches the service overall. While Google Stadia’s “purchase a title and play it” idea isn’t bad, it’s not exactly great, either. After all, you still end up spending upwards of $60 a game, on top of any other service fees you might need to pay.

With Luna, what you see is what you get, and there aren’t any upfront fees to worry about when it comes to playing new games. Instead, all you have to do is subscribe to the channel you want, and it just works. If, for some reason, you decide you don’t like the game, you easily can launch another game and move on without paying any extra fees.

person playing a game on Amazon Luna

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Additionally, unlike Stadia, Amazon hasn’t tried to use Luna as a way to push its own games. Instead, it’s focused on bringing other games to the service—something Stadia tried to push at the same time it was trying to publish its own library of Stadia exclusives. The idea of exclusives aren’t nearly as important as they used to be, given how Xbox and PlayStation titles have started making the jump to PC, so it’s nice to see Amazon still focusing on what consumers want—more access to the games they already love or are looking forward to.

By focusing on what consumers want, Amazon has set itself up for success, and that success is still paying off.

Constant Improvement

Cloud gaming has always been a hit-or-miss exhibition, with some platforms struggling from input lag and just generally hard-to-navigate user interfaces. Luna doesn’t struggle with either of these issues, something I was genuinely surprised by the first time that I tried it out. The interface is still very reminiscent of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, which makes it feel familiar and welcoming.

Luna used to be more difficult to get to, but Amazon has improved upon that, too, making it much easier to access than before. It’s nice because that was one of the biggest complaints I had about the service a year ago. The lack of input lag compared to other services is also still a big plus, and while it isn’t completely unnoticeable, it does seem to have improved since the last time I tested the service a few months ago.

Visual quality continues to be a high point, too, with many games offering the same fidelity and performance you’d experience on a high-end PC. Of course, you can’t forget the new couch co-op mode, either, a mode that lets friends join you in games without having to be there in person. It’s basically like jumping on the couch with your pals and playing games together, despite having a few hundred miles between you.

Even after a year of being exposed to consumers, Amazon Luna continues to offer the best cloud-based gaming service available right now. And it seems likely it’ll keep the momentum going.

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