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Apple debuts Arcade game subscription service for iOS, Mac and Apple TV

By Koh Wanzi - on 26 Mar 2019, 11:17am

Apple debuts Arcade game subscription service for iOS, Mac and Apple TV

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Apple is diving headfirst into gaming. The company has announced Apple Arcade, a new game subscription service for iOS, Mac, and Apple TV. However, unlike Google's new Stadia cloud gaming service, and similar offerings from NVIDIA, Microsoft, and Sony, Apple Arcade isn't a game streaming service. 

Instead, it's a subscription you pay for to install games from the App Store across Apple devices, allowing for cross-platform compatibility. Progress also carries over from device to device, which means you can play a game on your Apple TV in your living room and then pick up from where you left off on your iPhone while in bed.

At launch, Apple is promising 100 new and exclusive games, and it'll exist as a dedicated tab inside the App Store, instead of living in its own app. You'll be able to download games straight from the App Store and they will be completely ad-free. More importantly, you'll be able to play games while offline, which is good news if you fly a lot. 

According to Apple, over one billion people have downloaded games from the App Store, and there are more than 300,000 games available to date. However, Arcade is not an unlimited access pass to all the games in the App Store, and it's more intended to complement it with a selection of exclusive, curated titles. 

Like Apple News+, Arcade will support family sharing, so you can share a single subscription with up to six family members. But if you're worried about your kids spending too much time on the iPad, there are parental controls in the form of the Screen Time tool in the settings. 

Apple has published a number of titles that will be available on the Apple Arcade website, and it says games are coming from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games, and more. 

The company says it also plans to contribute to the development costs of making these games, which is only a step down from launching its own game studio like Google did.

Apple Arcade will launch later this year in over 150 countries, but Apple hasn't yet revealed how much the subscription will cost. 

Source: Apple

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