Amazon Luna's early access started on October 20th with invitation-only registrations. These invites were sent out to a select number of US-based customers. Those invited will be able to sign up for the platform and purchase the Amazon Luna Controller if they wish too.
Those who gained access to the Luna early access can use the streaming service on a Fire TV device, PC, Mac, and iOS through web applications. Unfortunately, at this time, an Android app is not available.
Early access requires that the user is subscribed to the Luna Plus Game Channel. Amazon Luna offers games through what they are calling channels. These channels will provide a specific subset of games that you can stream and play, as long as you are subscribed. Currently, the Luna Plus Game Channel has 50 available games to play, and Amazon has announced that a Ubisoft Channel is now in the works.
Those who received early access invites will get seven days free for the Luna Plus Game Channel. After the seven days, they will be charged $5.99 a month.
Unlike Google Stadia, you cannot purchase full games on the Luna platform but instead will need to be subscribed to the channel that has the game you want to play. This could be both good and bad, as you may have to subscribe to a channel to get access to a single game that you want to play, even though none of the other games interest you, much like how cable subscriptions are handled today.
Amazon Luna was initially announced in September, and it was mentioned that early access would begin soon. Amazon hopes to continue to send out invites over the coming months.
"We are just getting started and need streamers and players of all kinds—core, casual, and first-time gamers—to provide feedback. We want to hear what customers like, what they don't like, and what they want to see us build. If we're doing something great, tell us. If we're missing the bar, we want to know that too. We can't wait to hear what you think." - Marc Whitten, Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services Vice President
Were you able to get into the early access? What are your thoughts?