Amazon’s ‘Play on Luna’ button on Twitch is extra potential than sensible

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Amazon is tying two of its huge gaming efforts, the Twitch streaming platform and its Luna cloud gaming service, a bit nearer collectively. If you happen to’re a recreation’s web page on Twitch and that recreation is out there on Luna, you would possibly now see a “Play on Luna” button that takes you to the title on the cloud gaming service (through 9to5Google).

Whereas the button could possibly be a helpful approach to hop immediately into an attention-grabbing recreation you discovered on Twitch, there are nonetheless lots of limitations to Luna that make the method of simply leaping in and taking part in a recreation more durable than it ought to be.

We’d like extra individuals taking part in Sonic Mania on Twitch.
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Initially, to see the button in any respect, it seems it’s essential to be logged into Twitch, have linked your Amazon account to Twitch, and been accepted into the early entry program for Luna. It didn’t seem for me after I checked on the Sonic Mania or Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction Twitch pages whereas in Chrome’s Incognito mode.

The button additionally isn’t on Twitch streams themselves — as a substitute, it’s buried on a recreation’s overarching Twitch web page. I believe the button can be much more helpful on a person stream of a recreation, the place I might click on it whereas watching one thing to right away strive the sport streamed from the cloud.

Let’s say you’re logged into Twitch, have linked your account to Amazon, have been accepted to the Luna early entry program, do know the place the “Play on Luna” button is, and also you click on it to play one thing on the cloud gaming service, Luna’s enterprise mannequin means you nonetheless won’t have the ability to simply hop right into a recreation.

In contrast to a service reminiscent of Netflix, which helps you to entry the entire obtainable content material with one month-to-month subscription, Luna as a substitute gives completely different units of video games grouped by “channel,” and every channel has a separate subscription. Which means you gained’t know should you subscribe to the proper channel on Luna to play a recreation from Twitch till you click on the button. And since I don’t subscribe to any Luna channels, which means I haven’t truly been in a position to click on the button and begin taking part in a recreation.

As 9to5Google identified, this Twitch / Luna integration was promised as a part of the service’s debut in September 2020, so it’s been within the works for fairly awhile. And the addition of the “Play on Luna” button to Twitch could possibly be an indication that Amazon is taking Luna extra severely. However in my view, the button is simply too exhausting to search out and making it work is extra complicated than it must be. My colleague Sean Hollister has argued that cloud gaming must disappear to succeed, and proper now, the “Play on Luna” button has lots of friction that hinders it from offering a seamless expertise.

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