Best cloud gaming services, from Xbox Game Pass to GeForce Now

A screenshot of Amazon Luna

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Luna is best for people who don’t want to commit. I still occasionally play with Amazon Luna on the Fire TV Stick connected to the TV in my living room. The game I am currently playing is Hokko life; I was already tracking the price on Steam when I saw it was included as part of the basic Luna plan.

Compared to Xbox Game Pass and Nvidia GeForce Now, the rest of Luna’s core gaming library feels more casual. I like how easy it is to jump between titles from the Fire TV. I even like using the Amazon Luna controller, which looks like my favorite Pro Controller for the Nintendo Switch. Luna also lets you play games with friends on other platforms, though it’s limited to a few titles.

You can play Luna in different places: on your PC, Mac or smartphone via the browser. Sometimes I come in to play Hokko life from my Android smartphone (using the Razer Kishi cradled around it, of course).

How’s the library?

Amazon Luna is everywhere. There are retro titles like Sonic and lumines, a Tetris-esque block-falling game I fell in love with a long time ago on Sony’s PSP (the music still beats). And there are big hitters like Assassin’s Creed and Distant scream. But Luna’s library is also one of the more kid-friendly ones available. You can even enable parental supervision to prevent children from playing bloody games. And if you like Twitch, Amazon offers native integration to stream whatever you’re playing.

Cons

Amazon Luna is one of the more expensive subscription services, especially if you’re not already paying for Prime. The streaming quality comes out at 1080p and 60 fps. And you can’t buy games to “own” access like you can with other cloud services.

Prices

Amazon’s pricing structure is a bit complicated. You are essentially paying for the pack of games you want to access, from kid-friendly to Ubisoft’s major titles. Luna can cost anywhere from $5/month to $18/month. If you pay all at once, it costs about $44/month to access the entire Luna game library, although Prime members also get free access to a small rotating catalog of games.

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