Apple shed more light on its Apple Arcade service during its iPhone 11 release. The game subscription service will launch on September 19 and costs only $ 4.99 / AU $ 7.99 / AED 19.99 / £ 4.99 per month.
The Apple Arcade gaming subscription service is just the last sign that Apple is getting into the gaming cart, with a curated List of exclusive titles, all ready to reach your iPhones, iPads, Macbook computers and even Apple TV at an affordable monthly cost.
It's Apple's version of the whole "Netflix for games" approach: linking players in a subscription month that gives them access to high-quality video game adventures that aren't available anywhere else. Apple Arcade has a good heritage behind: it could be said that Apple was the first company to take mobile games seriously and make it financially viable, and as a result it now has the backing of some of the most important names in mobile game development.
It's also great news for Mac owners, who have always played a second violin for PC players when it comes to finding top-level gaming experiences on their platform.
Apple Arcade has more than 100 unique titles (read & # 39; indie & # 39;), exclusive to Apple devices, including Beneath a Steel Sky, a new version of the classic adventure game, with the art of Watchman comic book legend Neil Gibbons.
In addition, the collection of available games will be curated by experts and updated monthly. and will include original releases from renowned creators Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, Will Wright and more.
We've gathered everything we know so far about the Apple Arcade subscription service, including the price, the launch date and how it will work.
Get to the point
- What is it? Apple mobile and Mac gaming subscription service
- When is it launched? September 19, 2019
- What can I play? iPad, iPhone, Mac and Apple TV
- How much will it cost? $ 4.99 / £ 4.99 / AU $ 7.99 / AED 19.99
Apple Arcade Frequently Asked Questions: Quick Questions Answered
Will Apple Arcade have a driver? Apple has not announced a specific Apple Arcade controller, however, the wireless support for PS4 DualShock 4 and Microsoft Xbox One controllers will arrive on tvOS, iPadOS and iOS 13 on September 19, the date of Apple Arcade release , so you can pair gamepads with these devices. In addition, some games with compatible Bluetooth MFi controllers.
How much does Apple Arcade cost? Apple Arcade costs $ 4.99 / £ 4.99 / AU $ 7.99 / AED 19.99 per month. This is automatically a Family Sharing plan, which allows up to six family members to share the same subscription for a single monthly fee.
What games are in Apple Arcade? More than 100 exclusive titles for mobile devices, including Frogger in Toy Town, The Bradwell Conspiracy and Rayman Mini. You can check the complete list of confirmed games below.
Apple Arcade release date
Apple confirmed during the iPhone 11 launch event that Apple Arcade will launch on September 19. The service will be launched in 150, with 100 new exclusive games that will be added in the coming weeks.
Price of Apple Arcade
Apple Arcade is going to counteract the trend of usual Apple pricing strategies. While Apple Arcade will offer a monthly family subscription plan in line with Apple News Plus, Apple Music and Apple TV Plus, it will only cost $ 4.99 / AED 19.99 / £ 4.99 / AU $ 7.99 per month instead of the $ 9.99 cost of your sibling platforms In addition, you get a free one month trial.
That may reflect the size of the library at launch (although Apple promises more than 100 games at launch), or Apple is simply trying to find a competitive foothold in a fairly crowded market: with Xbox Games Pass and PS Now now available, and Google Stadia on the way, even Apple Arcade could have trouble settling.
In addition, Apple Arcade's automatic family sharing plan allows up to six family members to share the same subscription for only a monthly fee.
Apple Arcade Trailers
Apple unveiled the Apple Arcade service during a special Apple event on March 25, 2019. You can see the first advance of the service below:
Apple Arcade Controllers
Any good gaming platform needs a large controller, but Apple Arcade is in a fairly unique position of having to work on multiple hardware platforms and input devices: either through a touch screen to iPad and iPhone, a keyboard and mouse for Mac and a remote control for Apple TV.
When it comes to games, nothing is better than a gamepad. While Apple has not announced a specific Apple Arcade controller, wireless support for PS4 DualShock 4 and Microsoft Xbox One controllers will arrive on tvOS, iPadOS and iOS 13 on September 19, the date of Apple Arcade launch, so You can pair the gamepads with these devices. In addition, some games with Bluetooth compatible MFi controllers.
Apple Arcade Features
Konami and Capcom on board
Konami is launching Frogger in Toyland exclusively on Apple Arcade, while Capcom offers Shinsekai: Into the Depths on the platform.
New Arcade tab in the App Store
To access the Apple Arcade service. Your subscription allows you to download and play any game from the store and new games will be added every month. You can also access game progress, recommendations, game guides and editorial advances.
No ads, no ad tracking and no additional purchases
Apple Arcade will be a single subscription service: pay your money every month and you won't have to support any ads in the service. There will not be a version with publicity at the launch, and Apple has not suggested that it be on the cards.
More than 100 games
Apple Arcade will give users access to more than 100 games, all of which will be exclusive to Apple Arcade, selected by experts and updated monthly. "You can try whatever you want, whenever you want," according to Apple. However, it seems that for many of these games, exclusivity is timed rather than permanent.
According to Apple, "no game service has launched so many games at once."
Games available offline
According to Apple, all Apple Arcade games will be available to play offline, so you don't have to worry about losing access if you're on the subway or outside. in the middle of nowhere far from a mobile connection.
The Apple Arcade service offers a Family Share plan so that up to six household members can play the game for a single subscription cost. That will make it attractive for homes that have bought Apple's ecosystem with iPads, Macbooks and iPhones, especially if it means that mom and dad don't have to deliver iPhones so children can play.
What is Apple Arcade available in?
iPad, iPhone, Mac and Apple TV. You can also resume where you left off in a game, even if you change your device.
Private and secure
Apple Arcade games cannot collect any data about you without your consent.
Push for indies
While we know that Apple Arcade will include games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Beneath a Steel Sky and Where Cards Fall, Apple promises games like Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Annapurna Interactive, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games, Konami, Lego and many more.
Apple not only selects the games by hand
The company is also contributing to development costs and working closely with the creators to bring their games to Apple devices. Apple never had much success (or possibly interest) in being a game developer itself, so this is a rare moment in which the company is getting directly involved in the industry.
This is what Phil Schiller has to say …
“The App Store is the largest and most successful gaming platform in the world. Now we're going to take the games even further with Apple Arcade, the first gaming subscription service for mobile devices, desktop computers and living rooms, "said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of global marketing.
" We are working with some of the world's most innovative game developers to create more than 100 new and exclusive games to play on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.
"Apple Arcade games will be great for families, they will respect the User privacy and will not have ads or require additional purchases. We believe that players of all ages will adore Apple Arcade. "
Apple Arcade News and Rumors
Launch of the iPhone 11
Apple confirmed the price and release date of Apple Arcade during the event.The service will launch on September 19 and will cost only $ 4.99 per month.
A competitor on the horizon?
It seems that Google has a competitor on the horizon that finally made itself known … more or less.
This new challenger is the Google Play Pass that Google has joked in a tweet through the Twitter account of Google Play The tweet does not tell us much, apart from the fact that "Play Pass will arrive soon", but in fact we have already heard some information.  The filtered screenshots of a private beta version of Play Pass showed that the service will cost $ 4.99 per month in the US USA, and provides ad-free access to a selected list of games, with all integrated purchases unlocked.
Apple Arcade games
These are all games that have been officially confirmed for Apple Arcade:
- Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree
- Ballistic Baseball
- Beyond a Steel Sky
- Box Project
- ChuChu Rocket Universe
- Doomsday Vault
- Down in Bermuda
- Enter The Construct
- Exit the Gungeon
- Frogger in Toy Town
- Hot Lava  Jenny LeClue – Detectivu
- Kings of the Castle
- Lego Arthouse
- Lego Brawls
- Little Orpheus
- Mr Turtle
- No Way Home
- Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Kingdom
- Pac-Man Party Royale
- Screening: First Ligh t
- Rayman Mini
- Sayonara Wild He arts
- Shantae 5
- Skate City
- Sneaky Sasquatch
- Sonic Racing
- Steven Universe: Unleash the Light
- Super Impossible Road
- The Ingenious Escape
- The enchanted world
- The roadless
- The Bradwell conspiracy
- UFO on tape: first contact
- Various Daylife
- Where Fall of cards
- Sinuous worlds
- Yaga