The Samsung TV Gaming Hub just got an upgrade; with the Amazon Luna game streaming service finally launching on the platform.
Previously, the only way to play Amazon Luna games on a TV was with a Fire TV device, such as the Fire TV Stick (2020), Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV Cube. Now anyone who has a 2022 Samsung TV can access Luna’s games with the Samsung Gaming Hub (opens in new tab) (assuming you are also subscribed to the service).
Luna joins the Xbox TV app (which is also currently exclusive to Samsung’s 2022 smart TVs), as well as Google Stadia and GeForce Now. With the addition of Amazon Luna, Samsung’s Gaming Hub now gives players easy access to over 1,000 different cloud-based games.
What is Amazon Luna?
Amazon Luna shares many similarities with other game streaming services.
Instead of games running on a local console like a PS5 or Xbox Series X, they’re instead handled by remote servers and streamed to your TV over the internet – sort of like how Netflix streams shows to your TV instead of that. you play a DVD with your own player. All you need is internet access, a screen to which the game can be streamed and a compatible Bluetooth controller (opens in new tab).
Where Amazon Luna sets itself apart is the pricing structure. Instead of paying to play all the games on its services, you can mix and match different channels to suit your needs. There’s the generic Luna+ option for those who want a little bit of everything, as well as Family, Retro, Jackbox Games and Ubisoft channels.
In addition, Amazon Prime members have access to a number of free games as part of their subscription. This rotating pool of titles isn’t the widest (only four options at the time of writing), but it’s free – and now includes some pretty great games like Myst and Control.
If you want to try out a game streaming service, Amazon Luna is a great place to start because of its affordable price. Using any of the titles in the free Prime Gaming collection, you can put your internet to the test to see if you have the bandwidth needed to reliably play games without investing anything but a little time.
If you want to stream more games, check out our picks for the best Xbox Game Pass games.