Amazon is adding a new streaming option to its Luna cloud gaming platform that will limit the resolution to 720p to improve player stability on slower internet connections.
Currently Luna is only broadcasting 1080p, and 4K is coming at some point in the future. Yet, even at 1080p, Internet connections struggling to keep up with the high bandwidth requirements of cloud games can lead to latency, latency and sound issues for a device when using a service like Luna. Now, Amazon says those using Luna in early-access beta – the platform has not yet been released to the public – can turn on 720p streaming mode on the settings panel to help with performance.
“One of the most sought-after features is the ability to play at lower resolutions to accommodate unique internet connection speeds and bandwidth requirements,” the company said in a statement to The Verge. “As of today, we are enabling a new 720p option, enabling reduced bandwidth and data usage by streaming at a lower resolution.” Amazon also suggests that setting a lower resolution for Luna will help those who have home internet data, such as those Comcast said it would start imposing on its customers this July.
Luna was released last fall in early access with a unique channel model that borrows cable and streaming television concepts. Instead of paying a fee to use a service like Nvidia GeForce Now or buying your games directly like on Google Stadium, Luna itself is free to use, but access to streamed games has “channels” with individual monthly subscriptions. Currently, only two Amazon channels are available, Luna Plus ($ 5.99 per month) and dedicated Ubisoft ($ 14.99).