The size of cloud gaming library typically increases, but the one offered by Amazon Luna appears to be decreasing – at least for the time being. 9to5 Google has announced that the Luna+ paying tier would be losing 53 games in the month of February.
However, this does entail losing timeless titles like No More Heroes (which will be removed on February 11th), as well as more contemporary titles like The Medium. Many of these are older or specialised games that you probably won’t miss very much (February 9th).
We have contacted Amazon for a comment on this matter. A spokeswoman for Amazon just stated in a statement that the company was “refreshing” its content as part of an effort to maintain its library “as fresh as possible.” This information was provided to 9to5Google.
The problem is that this is not an isolated incident, as you might have guessed from the previous sentence. In the month of December, Amazon removed a further 46 games from its Luna+ service. Several of these were entries in well-known series, like as the Yakuza series. According to CloudDosage, after the cull in February, Luna+ will have 175 games remaining.
If you are willing to pay more for diversity, this could make the product difficult to market. Both Sony’s PlayStation Plus Premium and Microsoft’s Game Pass come with a higher monthly fee, but they provide subscribers access to hundreds of games (if frequently from the back catalog).
The reduction in options comes at an inopportune moment as well, which is unfortunate. Stadia was merely shut down by Google a month ago, although the service did not lose any games during that time. The Amazon platform won’t necessarily meet the same fate, but it’s also not entering a market that’s growing, and the competitors that are still standing sometimes offer bonuses that you won’t find with Luna, like GeForce Now’s 240Hz option.
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