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Do You Need a Luna Controller to Play Luna?

Last Updated Jul 25, 2022
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Luna is a cloud gaming platform offering people access to various games. It lets you play your favorite games on devices you own, such as PC, Chromebook, Mac devices, and web apps available on iPad, iPhone, and some Android devices. However, to get the full Luna gaming experience, you will need a compatible controller to play Luna.

You do not need a Luna Controller in order to play Luna, only an input device or some sort of compatible controller.

To use Luna, you will need a compatible controller or an input device that connects to your machine. The Luna Controller is built with Amazon’s Luna service in mind making it a great controller for Luna.

Do You Need a Luna Controller to Use Luna?

You do not need to use a Luna Controller in order to use Luna, as it is only one of the controllers compatible with Amazon Luna. It is designed especially for gaming through the cloud with Amazon Luna and does not require downloaded drivers to work. It connects directly to Amazon’s custom game servers via Cloud Direct and works great with Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Windows PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Luna developed the Luna Controller, which is compatible with the gaming platform, and you can connect the controller to your device via Cloud Direct. It connects directly to Amazon’s game servers via Wi-Fi, reducing latency by 17 to 30 milliseconds. The Luna Controller also offers Bluetooth, a USB-C connection, and a touch controller. The touch controller is only available on supported Fire Tablets and mobile devices.

How to Pair Luna Controller via Bluetooth

Connecting your Luna Controller to your Windows, Fire Tablet, or Mac via Bluetooth is not complicated. First, download the hardware driver on your Windows PC and power up your Luna Controller by long pressing the large Luna button (found at the center of the gamepad).

Then put the device into Bluetooth pairing mode. Hold down the small circle button (on the left side of the big Luna button) and the B button simultaneously and wait till the ring of light becomes a pulsing white.

After that, go to the Bluetooth icon on your PC ad proceed to Bluetooth devices, then click on Add a device. The PC will show you your available devices. Click on Luna gamepad and start pairing.

How to Use Luna Controller to Play Luna via USB-C

You can connect your Luna Controller to the PC using a USB-C cable. The controller has a USB-C chord; even though the cable doesn’t come with the controller, you can find a compatible cable.

You will need a compatible USB-C cable, which you will plug into your PC and the other end into your controller. Installing drivers on your PC is best to avoid connection problems.

As we have seen, there are different connection options for the Luna Controller and Luna. However, the Luna Controller is not the only controller used to play Luna. There are other controllers.

Other Controllers Compatible with Luna

Besides the Luna Controller, you can also use Xbox One Controller and DualShock 4 Wireless Controller to play Luna. The Xbox One Controller and DualShock 4 Wireless Controller support Bluetooth and USB connections; therefore, you can use Bluetooth to pair the controller with your PC, Chromebook, Fire TV, or Fire Tablet.

You can also play Luna without a controller. For PC and MAC users, you can opt to play your favorite games on Luna without a gaming controller and use the keyboard and mouse or your phone. Luna even has the option of setting up your phone as a controller.

 How to Set Up a Luna Phone Controller

Setting up your phone as a controller is easy and can be done within minutes.

Here is what to do:

  1. Install the Luna Controller app from the app store
  2. Sign in to your Amazon account
  3. When selecting your preferred option, select ‘play with phone controller’ and wait for your virtual controller to connect to Luna.

However, there are some functions you may not be able to enjoy when using third-party controllers, a mouse and keyboard, or your phone. These third-party connections do not offer the option to connect directly to Amazon’s custom game servers like Luna Controller.

The controller connects directly to Luna’s gaming platform via Wi-Fi and can reduce latency by 17 to 30 milliseconds. This helps reduces lagging and create a better gaming experience. You can also switch between gaming sessions on different screens without disconnecting and reconnecting your controller.


You need a compatible controller like a Luna controller or an input device to play any game on Luna. Luna Controller is compatible with Luna, and you can connect the controller to your PC, Mac, Fire Tablet, Fire TV, or Chromebook. Luna controller supports Bluetooth connections, USB-C, Touch Controller, and Cloud Direct. You can also use third-party controllers on Amazon Luna. The Xbox One controller and DualShock 4 Wireless Controller are compatible with Luna.