Stadia had a huge public relations success when Google announced the closure of its Stadia Games and Experiences (SGE) studio. Its competitors seem to be taking the opportunity to remind people that Stadia isn’t the only game in town, and he’s not meant for a pun. As if to demonstrate its commitment to games, both for its Amazon Game Studios as well as its emerging game streaming service, Amazon is announcing Amazon Luna’s access to all Fire TV owners, even those who haven’t received an invitation.
Amazon Luna launched last September, and has been in Early Access for a few months now and had one important requirement before it could even get in. Aside from regional restrictions (US only), one also needs to get an invitation first. In order to expand its testers, Amazon needed a way to attract more people to the program without opening the gates yet.
Thankfully, Amazon has its very own Fire TV platform that can serve exactly that purpose. Starting today, owners of select Fire TV devices can download the Amazon Luna app and continue. There is no need for invitations But they have to choose at least the Luna + channel to access any game where Luna works on a “channel” basis, unlike NVIDIA GeForce NOW or Google Stadia.
Previously, I also needed an invitation to purchase the Luna Controller but that requirement also went away. Anyone can now buy a custom designed and branded game controller or just connect any Bluetooth gamepad to Fire TV.
Fire TV owners get a free 7-day trial for Luna +, after which the channel will cost $ 5.99 a month. Ubisoft +, the only other channel available, is a separate subscription at $ 14.99 / month. The invitation requirement still applies at this time for other supported platforms such as Android and iOS web browsers.