Fortnite arrives in Amazon Luna today

Fortnite, one of the most popular games in the world, has also become a reality test for audience interest in game streaming such as YouTube or Netflix streaming. It’s been completely free to stream from Nvidia’s GeForce Now or Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming to virtually any device you own, no download and no paid subscription required.

Today, Amazon Luna joins them. “Fortnite It was the most requested game from Luna customers in the US, and we’re excited to bring the title to the service,” reads a statement from VP Daniel Rausch for Amazon Hardware and Services.

Google thinks free streaming is important enough to give it a dedicated section with it Fortnite research results. Luna may appear here soon.
Screenshot by Sean Hollister / The Verge.

Unlike its competitors, Amazon will Requires a paid subscription to get started – although you may already be paying for it.

you can stream Fortnite Free with the same Amazon Prime subscription you may already be using for Free Shipping, Prime Video, Prime Music etc. While we were originally told it would only be for the month of May, Amazon’s third-party spokesperson Erik Nielsen has now told The Verge that “Fortnite is going to be a Prime Gaming offer indefinitely, so it’s always free for Prime members.”

Or you can pay $9.99 per month for a Luna+ subscription (the first seven days are free). Just know that Luna +’s catalog of games wasn’t very large the last time we checked. (Note: Nvidia limits free accounts to an hour per session, so it has its own caveats.)

Regardless of how you feel about subscribing, I like that it’s becoming increasingly easy to compare cloud gaming services and see which might provide reliable streaming to your home. You can try out Amazon, Microsoft, and Nvidia’s offerings all in one day on your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, mobile device, etc., and you only have one trial subscription to cancel if it doesn’t work out. All of these services have weaknesses, so it’s a good idea to try them out before you buy.

Just know that the free tiers of these services don’t quite represent the paid experience, which could be better, especially with Nvidia. I wish he had a 3080 or 4080 class free trial to show you.

Correction for 11:07 a.m. ET: Although an Amazon representative confirmed last night that it will only be available to Prime members during the month of May, they are now saying that was a mistake and it will be available indefinitely to members.

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