Fix & troubleshoot: Amazon Luna Network delay and input lag

Turns out Amazon has its own cloud-based gaming subscription service and here are all the deets you need to know! Amazon Luna is a cloud-based application that allows you to play your favorite games on any device you own.

Amazon Luna was initially launched in the US in the year 2020 only for select users who opted in. It is accessible to everyone now but still only in the United States. If you are an Amazon Prime member, then lucky for you! You can dive right in and try out Amazon Luna without having to pay any additional cost. As an Amazon Prime member, you can head over to Prime Gaming to check out a few games and get yourself introduced to Amazon Luna. The games available under Prime Gaming will be updated every month so you get to explore a new collection of games!

So, now that you kind of have an idea of what Amazon Luna is, what do you need to access it?

You can easily access Amazon Luna on your Windows PC, Mac, Fire TV, Fire tablets, Chromebook, iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.

Let’s take a look at the subscription plans Amazon Luna offers.

 Basically, Amazon Luna is split into multiple segments or Channels. Some of these include,

  • Retro Chanel
  • Family Channel
  • Jackbox Games Channel
  • Ubisoft +
  • Luna +
  • Prime Gaming Channel

Except for Prime Gaming Channel, all the other channels need to be paid a subscription fee to access it. With Amazon Luna, all the games available are streamed across the cloud but they are split into channels based on the user’s preferences. It’s more like pay for what you want service. You can select a channel with the type of games you like to play and you will be paying only for what you play!

Amazon Luna also has another amazing feature called the  Luna Couch. With this, you can invite your friends to play multiplayer games on any of the Luna channels, and here’s the fun part, they don’t need a subscription to play the games! It’s a unique feature that makes Amazon Luna stand out and a lot better than its competing companions in cloud-based gaming.

According to Amazon, Luna can play games up to 1080/60 fps. But, this heavily depends upon what type of internet connection you are using. Also, the type of device and the game you are trying to stream are also considered. The crucial phase is where you have everything set up, you have paid for the channel and you are streaming the game but it’s not working! What could possibly be wrong?

Keep on reading to find out the problems faced by Amazon Luna users and how to easily fix them!

Connect to a VPN

Amazon has made a pretty big name for itself and its popularity is one of the many reasons you are facing network delay or lag issues. When you are playing games on Amazon Luna, you are competing against other players playing Duffy games with varying internet connections.  The main reasons for lag issues are the device you are using and your internet connection. So, how do we increase the speed of our internet connection? You can try connecting to a VPN to reduce ping value and lag for a better gaming experience. One of the most popularly used VPNs for Amazon Luna is ExpressVPN.

But, how does it work?

Amazon Luna uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host its games. ExpressVPN has its own servers that are close to the AWS servers.

Some of its key locations include.

  • United States – Seattle and Washington DC
  • Europe – London, Frankfurt, Stockholm
  • Asia Pacific – Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney
  • South America – São Paulo
  • China – Hong Kong

ExpressVPN has around 160 servers all across the globe. All you have to do is connect to one of these servers which is closer to an AWS server. The distance between you and the game server will be reduced thus, improving your gaming experience.

How do you get ExpressVPN?

That’s easy! Follow the below steps!

  • Sign up for ExpressVPN
  • Download the ExpressVPN app and connect to the server in the region you want to.
  • Take a ping test to see if your ping value has reduced 
  • Now, all you have to do is open Amazon Luna and enjoy your gaming time!

ExpressVPN has a lot of advantages. It’s a brilliant service with which you can gain a lot of discounts and also access a huge library of game titles. It greatly helps in lowering the ping value and reducing lag and that’s one of the main things a gamer needs for smooth, glitch-free gaming performance.

In addition to this,  Amazon Luna has its own gaming controller which uses a separate Wifi connection to reduce a game’s input lag by sending the input signals directly to the AWS server instead of sending it through the device on which you are playing the game. It’s optional but it definitely helps to improve performance. You can also use any Bluetooth controller or wireless mouse but you may face lag issues.

Let’s take a few other ways to deal with network/lag issues

  • If you are using a Wifi router, try switching to a wired network which will provide a more stable internet connection.
  • Try switching off your WiFi router or modem and turn it back on after a few minutes.
  • If you are using Wifi, try to move your console closer to the router so the Wifi signals don’t get interrupted.
  • Disconnect any other devices that are connected to the same Wifi network.
  • Make sure there aren’t any background downloads or updates running.
  • If you are using the Amazon Luna controller, try resetting the controller to see if the issue is resolved.

Amazon Luna’s users can stream games from a remote server to the console or device they are playing with similar to other cloud-based gaming services. You need a stable internet connection of 10 Mbps or higher if you want to enjoy your games without any connectivity issues. If you want to play games without spending too much on expensive hardware, Amazon Luna might just be the right gaming subscription for you! It’s ubiquity makes it a hard choice to turn down.