Apple Introduces Game Subscription Service Apple Arcade

At Apple’s first big event of 2019, the company today debuted Apple Arcade, a game subscription service that will let Apple users play games across iPhone ($1,000 at Amazon), iPad ($250 at Amazon), Mac and Apple TV devices.

Here’s everything we know — and don’t know — about Apple’s Arcade gaming service.

What is Apple Arcade?

Apple’s App Store houses more than 300,000 games. But discovering games can be a challenge — and helping users do so is a challenge for game developers. Apple says that’s part of why it created Arcade, which it calls the world’s first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and living room.

The subscription service out of the gate will offer more than 100 new and exclusive games that Apple worked with game creators to create. Apple stressed that the games will not be available on other mobile devices and will not be part of other subscription services. Game types will include multiplayer and AR, and Apple says it will be adding games over time.

Which devices can I use to play Apple Arcade games?

Apple says iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV devices will work with the service. Users will be able to access the service via a new dedicated tab in a device’s App Store.

You’ll download a game to your device to play. And unlike Google’s Stadia game service, this isn’t a streaming service: Every Arcade game will be playable offline. Apple says Arcade will let parents control kids’ gaming screen time, too.

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SOURCE: Cnet, Clifford Colby