Apple has announced Apple Arcade, a new gaming subscription service for iOS, macOS, and tvOS. While details are currently thin on the ground, once Apple Arcade launches, it will let paying subscribers play over 100 titles across their Apple devices.
Mobile gaming is big business, and Apple has clearly noted how many people are willing to pay to play games on its devices. But why let developers make all of the money? Apple’s answer is Apple Arcade, a subscription service filled with exclusive titles.
Apple Arcade Kills Ads and In-App Purchases
Apple is billing Apple Arcade as “the world’s first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room”. Because unlike existing services such as PlayStation Now and Xbox Game Pass, Apple Arcade will work across multiple platforms.
Apple Arcade will be filled with new games from well-known names and companies. All of which will be exclusive to Apple Arcade. Subscribers will be able to download the games from the App Store, and play across their devices without ads or in-app purchases.
As if that wasn’t enough, all Apple Arcade games will be available to play offline, and many will offer support for controllers. You can also pick up where you left off in a game when switching between your iPhone or iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.
Apple’s Phil Schiller said, “The App Store is the world’s biggest and most successful game platform. Now we are going to take games even further with Apple Arcade, the first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room.”
Apple Arcade Offers New and Exclusive Games
Apple Arcade will be launching in 150 countries in fall 2019. It will be available on iOS, macOS, and tvOS, and accessed via the App Store. Apple is currently working with developers on “100 new and exclusive games”. However, there’s no word yet on the price.
In case you missed it, Apple Arcade is just one of three new subscription services Apple has launched. The other two are Apple News+, which buys you access to hundreds of newspapers and magazines, and Apple TV+, which will be filled with original programming.