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Gaming Platform Wars | Amazon Luna expands to more devices, gets Couch Mode, Family Channel and more

Amazon’s fledgling cloud gaming platform called Luna will today expand to Amazon’s own Fire Tablets and Google Chromebooks along with enabling Luna gamers new ways to pay for the service.

Luna on more devices

While still in beta access and only available in the United States, today Amazon expanded the devices Luna gamers can utilize with the addition of its own in-house Fire Tablets and Google’s Chromebooks. Earlier today Amazon announced the new Fire TV Stick Max (my god who names these things) and you can buy it bundled with a Luna Controller for $99.

Couch Mode

Among the other announcement’s is ‘Couch Mode’ which lets Luna gamers invite family and friends who don’t have Luna with an invite code for local multiplayer games like Team Sonic Racing and Overcooked 2.

Luna for Prime members

As if the announcements above weren’t enough Amazon also announced that from now until September 15th all US-based Prime members will be able to play Resident Evil 7Metro ExodusKatamari Damacy Reroll, and Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom for free. You can take advantage of the promotion here.

Family Channel

Amazon also announced a new Family Channel today with 35 games that are “a curated collection of games appropriate and approachable for gamers of all ages,” games like “SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – RehydratedGarfield Kart – Furious RacingSpace Otter CharlieDreamWorks Dragons: Dawn of New RidersTransformers: Battlegrounds,” and a new title called Skatebird coming this month.

Retro games

Amazon also announced a retro games channel with games like LairThe King of Fighters and others from publishers like SNK and Atari. The retro games channel is coming soon with pricing still TBD.

Does any of today’s news make you want to try Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming service? Let us know in the comments below.

A former industry insider and tech industry enthusiast.

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