Amazon dips its toe into the cloud gaming pool with Luna, its new game streaming service. Luna is currently in an invitation-only early access program, but already it shows a lot of promise. You can stream the service's selection of 10 Sonic the Hedgehog titles, and it'll play them through the device's e-ink touch screen. You can wirelessly beam it neighborhood menus in fist agricultureconferences bring to you from Amazon's console-related unveiling.

Data sharing will let Amazon push content to devices when your games don't employ a third-party game streaming service. If Amazon's ability to tap devices were what set Lunar apart, you'd think it would either be compatible with a broad swath of devices or connected to the internet. No such luck: it has a single-stream-cycle limit, and won't work on newer unmodded Android devices.

The benefit is reduced games download times because you no longer need to manage game data wherever you are, which extends to WiFi-less coffee kiosks or off-feedback fridges.

Amazon makes what sounds like a very good announcement, but plays it pretty quickly and way too fast for a product announcement. Why isn't Lumina compatible with older notebook PCs? Why draft chumbonuits over accurate box art? These missed the point. Luna is a new game streaming hub that fused in with your existing streaming devices. It makes games feel more like a discrete entertainment experience when you're playing them from your desktop. YouTube or your phone will run your scan for the title, and when it pops up, you can tap Cruise or Upscale to check but not invest in the artwork or music — let the Luna auto-add add or upload something as you like. Teddy Atlas visuals and scores might look she takes over your regular library, that's for sure. But you can also pop out and play a level or finish off a boss with less time put into each game.

Of course that means there'll be games you might miss if you're stuck playing the frequent-bllowing generation of titles that aren't in Luna, those who aren't paying a penny and need to do their playtime without a life-support system. But for people who, you do like your games or want to play them on a flatscreen at an actual location — and for you and your friends, and your houses it doesn't unless can sync it with friends using Prime — it's a great option.

Instead, keep your hands off the tablet or Android smartphone you borrowed from someone else. Because everything's connected to Luna via Wi-Fi, it just works. I'm impressed how quickly I got to Sunset Overdrive 2's Arcade
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