After months of hovering above the rumor in the internet, Apple finally confirmed the launch date of Apple Arcade. Starting from 19 September 2019, Apple users can subscribe to the monthly game subscription.
The monthly subscription for Apple Arcade is only $4.99, much lower than the company’s other subscription fees at $9.99 for family subscription. This is most likely due to the smaller library it has. Even with over 100 games Apple has promised would be available.
By subscribing to Apple Arcade, users can play the game in all of Apple devices. Including MacBook, iPad, iPhone and even Apple TV. The service will also be available off-line.
A though road for Apple Arcade
When it was first introduced in March, Apple mentioned Ustwo, Snowman, Hinobu Sakaguchi and Will Wright. Ustwo is the Monument Valley maker studio while Snowman is Alto’s Adventure creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi the Final Fantasy creator and Will Wright creates SimCity.
In addition to the previously announced studios and creators, Apple announced more studios joining this subscription saga, as well as some exclusive games set limited to the subscribers. Among those are new entries from the classic Rayman, Pac-Man and Chu-Chu Rocket.
Apple is not the first time to have a monthly game subscription. Microsoft has been the pioneer by launching Xbox Game Pass that proved to be popular among gamers. Google is also planning the similar thing with Stadia.
And Apple needs more than exclusive game and cheap monthly subscription to be steady. Its competitors way ahead with game console. But Apple only have its screen and Smart Keyboard as the game console. Though indeed Apple has announced that the new entry-level iPad will be compatible for Xbox console, the iPhones are yet to be.