Apple Arcade is a subscription gaming service coming to iPhone and iPad later this year

By , on March 26, 2019
Last modified 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Last night, Apple revealed the details about its new gaming subscription service. It's called Apple Arcade, and it's being touted as the Netflix for games that we've all been hoping it was going to be.

Apple confirmed that the service won't use cloud servers to stream games directly to your handset - something Google is working on with its Stadia concept - instead you'll pay a flat monthly fee, which will then give you access to the entirety of the Apple Arcade library. You'll need to download them onto your device the same way you do now, you just won't have to go through the payment process again.

All of the games on the service are going to be premium - there'll be no ads or extra purchases to make inside them. It's not yet clear what will happen if and when games leave the service - after all, Apple does have a history of updating its software and leaving a chunk of its apps behind - but Apple claims you can download a game and play it for as long as you like.

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Right now there are a whole bunch of games confirmed for Apple Arcade, including Oceanhorn 2, Beyond a Steel Sky, and Hot Lava. Click here and you can check out the full list of announced games on our sister site Pocket Gamer.

Apple Arcade is set to launch later this year - fall, or autumn, depending on how you look at these things. You can expect us to have much more info on the service leading up to its launch, so make sure you keep checking here, our YouTube channel, and Pocket Gamer to keep up to date with everything.


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stubbieozy 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Only games with no extra purchases?! What happens if a developer releases some purchasable DLC for a game? Does Apple then remove that game from the Arcade?

Will the premium games in the Arcade be also available for purchase outside of the Arcade?

Will there be tiers of payment? If I only like tactical rpg’s and there is only one game in the Arcade that I want, will I have to pay full subscription?