Gamers fighting over video game consoles may one day be a thing of the past as cloud-based game streaming options continue to emerge. Two larger contestants in the field are Amazon with its Luna streaming service and Google with Stadia. Both game-streaming services are laid out slightly differently, making this choice one that should be considered before jumping into a definite purchase. In this battle of Amazon Luna versus Google Stadia, we take a close look at each service, checking out its supported platforms, available controllers, streaming quality, game library, and pricing and availability.
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When logging into one of the two platforms, Luna or Stadia, you’ll likely be using either your home computer, a mobile device, or your television. Starting with the living room, each service supports a different platform if you’re looking to game on your television.
When it comes to mobile devices, both Stadia and Luna do support
If you are looking to game on your Mac or PC, both Stadia and Luna offer support, although in slightly different ways. Amazon Luna users can either download a dedicated Mac or Windows application or use the Chrome web browser.
While both services offer support on a decent number of platforms, Amazon Luna’s service is compatible with a broader range of TV streaming sticks/boxes and offers more ways to play when using a Mac or PC.
Winner: Amazon Luna
Google’s Stadia Controller has a layout similar to a PlayStation one, with the two thumb sticks placed on the lower half of the controller. Using the
Amazon Luna also offers a Wi-Fi controller, known as the Luna Controller, that can be purchased separately. The Luna Controller is only available in a single color, black, and costs $50 during Luna’s beta stage, but will rise to $70 when the service formally launches. Opposite the Stadia Controller, the Luna Controller follows the Xbox layout, with the left thumb stick positioned higher than the right thumb stick.
While both controllers will be available at the same price when Luna formally launches in the future, we need to give a bit of extra credit to Google for offering a more comprehensive range of colors. Additionally, while PlayStation continues to outsell Xbox, we believe that many gamers will feel more at home with
Despite needing to pay out for the additional features with
The game library is where
While Google’s Stadia also offers a subscription-based service known as Stadia Pro, users do not need to purchase a recurring monthly subscription to start gaming. With Stadia, gamers have the option to buy games outright and add them to their cloud library, similar to purchasing a game off of Steam for your PC or Mac. If you do subscribe to Stadia Pro, you will get access to Google’s streaming library as well as additional Pro features, including a
As for the quality of games offered on each service, this will vary from month to month, but both platforms are indeed pushing out AAA gaming-titles, as well as a healthy selection of older games and indie options. Due to Stadia’s ability to purchase games permanently without the need for a recurring subscription, we will need to give it a win for this round.
Amazon Luna is much more exclusive, only available within the United States, but an invite is required. If selected for early access, Luna will cost $6 a month to access the basic Luna+ library. If you want access to Ubisoft’s library, it will cost you another $15 a month. It is critical to note that these prices are for early access beta and may change when Amazon decides to launch its service fully.
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