Amazon Luna: A SuperParent Guide

Everything you need to know about this cloud gaming service.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s cloud gaming service that allows players to stream a selection of video games from the cloud on supported devices.

Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Luna.

What is Amazon Luna? How does it work?

Amazon Luna is a cloud gaming service that allows players to stream video games from the cloud on PC, Mac, Chromebook, iOS, Android, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet devices. (You can view the full list of compatible devices and other system requirements here.)

Amazon Luna has three different subscription plans to choose from, which offer access to different selections of games. Amazon calls these subscription plans “Channels.”

As of this writing, Amazon Luna is only available in Early Access, which means users need an invitation to sign up for the service. However, if your family owns a Fire TV and/or Fire Tablet device, you don’t need an invitation and can immediately subscribe to one or more of Amazon Luna’s subscription plans.

Interested users can request an invitation to Luna’s Early Access on Amazon’s website.

What’s included with each subscription plan? How much do these plans cost?

There are three different “Channels” or subscription plans to choose from. Users can subscribe to a single channel, two channels, or all three.

The Luna+ Channel has an “Early access price” of $5.99 per month. This subscription plan gives subscribers access to a growing catalog of games, and subscribers can play these games on up to two devices at the same time.

The Family Channel is priced at $2.99 per month. This plan gives subscribers access to a growing library of games that have been rated E for Everyone or E10+ for Everyone 10+ by the ESRB. Like the Luna+ plan, the Family Channel plan allows subscribers to play games on up to two devices at the same time. In addition, “select games” in this catalog support local cooperative multiplayer for players in the same room.

Finally, the Ubisoft+ Channel costs $17.99 per month. This plan gives subscribers access to a selection of video games from Ubisoft, the company behind franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance, among many others. Subscribers to the Ubisoft+ channel can play games on one device at a time.

(An Ubisoft+ subscription can also be purchased directly from Ubisoft. When subscribing directly from Ubisoft, subscribers have two plans to choose from. To learn more about Ubisoft+, check out our guide to the service.)

Is there anything else parents need to know about Amazon Luna?

Amazon Luna allows subscribers to play games with a mouse and keyboard, as well as with PlayStation 4 controllers, Xbox One controllers, and the Razer Kishi Mobile Game Controller. Amazon also sells an official “Luna Controller” for $55.99, which is a separate purchase from any of the Amazon Luna subscription plans. Shoppers can purchase the Luna Controller even if they don’t subscribe to Amazon Luna.

In addition, parents should know that some of the games in the Luna+ and Ubisoft+ catalogs have been rated M for Mature by the ESRB, meaning they’ve been deemed inappropriate for anyone under the age of 17.

Parents should also know that streaming games through Amazon Luna on a high-speed internet connection may use a significant amount of data, depending on how often and how long someone plays.

Finally, Amazon Luna is currently only supported across the mainland US. As of this writing, the service isn’t available in Hawaii, Alaska, or U.S. territories.

You can learn more about Amazon Luna, and read answers to some frequently asked questions, on Amazon’s website.