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Day 1: Luna Had Ups and Downs

UPDATE: FEB 20, 2021 – Since this day, I have never opened back up Amazon Luna. I actually had a reminder on my phone to delete the app and cancel subscription, however I was 1 day late. They charged my account already as I proceeded to cancel. Now I have 30 days of Luna. Hopefully they add FIFA.

I signed up for Amazon Luna recently and got a chance to open up the platform as soon as I got home. I had to download the app first (on my Firestick) which took about a minute.

As soon as I booted up the app, they let me know immediately I would need a controller in order to play any games.

I grabbed my PS4 controller and did a bit of googling to figure out how to connect the device as a Bluetooth controller to my fire stick. This feature alone was dope because now I can use the controller to navigate anything.

Only downside with the controller hookup is there is no way to power down the controller. Maybe there is, but I have no found it yet.

Either way, fired up Luna and searched for any reasonable game to play. I tried out Control as it was the one I read articles about previously.

I was actually in the game and playing with minimal delay (from controller inputs to the TV). It was frustrating at first but any gamer learns to adapt after a while.

I must’ve played about 30 minutes in before I started getting “connection error” notices in the top right. The game started to get choppy.

My movements weren’t registering.

Actually they did register, maybe 5 seconds later in clusters.

It made me hot. I felt the game was unplayable because of the lag. Even if only for 20% of the time, that continuous stop and hesitation and cluster movements drove me insane. I closed the app.

The issue according to Amazon Luna was I was connected to a regular Wifi connection and that performance would be better on a 5GHZ connection. So I ran over to my modem, noted the password, and reconnected.

I ended up playing a game called Cookout 2 with Venice. I wanted to see how the game would respond with two controllers connected. It was ok.

Gameplay wasn’t too bad. We adjusted to the delay and had a lot of fun. But man, when the game was bad, it was bad. We were yelling we couldnt move and the whole screen would delay and since we were on a timer based game it was frustrating.

It was only day 1 with Amazon Luna but I’ll give it a 6/10.

Game selection with the free trial (non-Ubisoft) was limited, but many games in their library are fun to play. Just not well known. Game selection 6/10

Actual gameplay and in-game movements were slightly delayed. Not bad, but frustrating for someone like me who plays consoles heavy and use to almost seamless inputs. This would most likely be reduced if I bout the Luna Controller ($49.99) but I opted to use what I already have for the trial. 7/10

Connection was up and down. I had non-interrupted play maybe 80% of the time. But the 20% of time with all of the lag and reconnecting and even app crashes was frustrating. I was connected via Wifi, so maybe this improves with a wired connection. 3/10

Setup and connectivity was seamless and easy. The app download for my Mac, Firestick, and Mobile was easy and the app was up and running in a matter of minutes. Amazon made getting right into the game very streamlined. 10/10

So far I took a day off from playing because of work, so I have 5 days in my trial left. I’ll try out Luna again and see if it’s worth subscribing to. Pricing was affordable especially considering it can be played on a bunch of different devices.

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