At today’s event, Amazon surprised us with the Luna cloud-gaming service as well as the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time,(The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means Alexa everywhere and addressing concerns, which were a big storyline in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In a life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that Amazon has been developing for years have become more critical than ever.
The company’s Echo and Fire TV products will be its first to earn sustainability badges and it’s’ working on reducing power consumption across devices with a new low-power mode, an energy dashboard integrated with Alexa and its pledging to build solar and wind farms to generate energy that matches the consumption of all its devices.
$6/month introductory price for cloud gaming
The company launches a cloud-gaming service on top of Amazon Web Services that runs on PCs, Fire TVs and even iOS. There’s a Luna Plus game channel with a curated set of games and Amazon is partnering with Ubisoft for day 1 availability of some of them.
It has a custom $50 controller that connects directly to the cloud rather than the local device.
Echo 4th gen
$100 for the new spherical smart speaker
Redesigned with a new spherical shape and adapts to the acoustics of the room, the 4th-gen Echo incorporates features formerly in the Echo Plus. It’s also a Sidewalk bridge and includes neural network technology to accelerate Alexa.
Echo Dot 4th gen
$50 for Amazon’s new entry-level smart speaker
Gets the same redesign as the spherical Echo, but now sports a stylish fabric cover and better speaker.
Echo Dot Kids Edition 2020
$60 gets some fun patterns
Also spherical, with some kid-friendly features, the Kids Edition includes voice profiles for the children and Sidekick, which lets Alexa read to them.
Echo Dot with clock
The Dot. With a clock.
Echo Show 10
It now has Zigbee and Sidewalk hubs, and is much quieter when it pivots in your direction. For privacy, there’s a built-in camera shutter, and all Echo and Alexa’s will have a command to review privacy settings and “delete everything I’ve ever said.” It will also support Hulu, Netflix and Prime Video.
$130 for Amazon’s next-gen mesh router
Amazon’s mesh network gets an upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 and ZigBee support.
Eero Pro 6
$230 gets you Amazon’s step-up router
The Pro 6 is basically the same as the Eero 6, but designed to handle higher bandwidth — up to gigabit, as opposed to 500Mbps — connections.
Ring Car Connect
Debuting with Tesla, Connect uses a vehicle’s built-in external cameras to capture video in the event that something happens to the car while driving or parked.
Ring Always Home Cam
Autonomous camera that can fly within your home on a preprogrammed route or fly to a motion detection area.
Fire TV Stick 2020
It’s more powerful than before — faster with HDR and Dolby Atmos support — but uses less power.
Fire TV Stick Lite
This model’s for the Full HD viewer rather than 4K; it includes HDR support and an Alexa Voice Remote Lite.