During Apple’s event this evening, the California company announced its own video game streaming service, Apple Arcade, exclusive to Apple devices.
Now, don’t expect this to be on the same level as Google’s Stadia, instead, Apple Arcade has players paying one fee to download games from the App Store, as opposed to streaming games.
Apple began the announcement with the bold news that over 1 billion people have downloaded games from the App Store with over 300,000 games available for players to play. So, with Apple Arcade, the company is hoping it can curate a handful of titles into its own subscription service, a little like Xbox Game Pass.
To kick things off, Apple has revealed that it’ll feature 100 new and exclusive games for players to play across iOS, Mac, and Apple TV. This means you won’t find these games on other mobile platforms or subscription service.
For the duration players are subscribed, they’ll be able to play the games they install and they’ll include all of the features, content, and updates in the future. The games will also be free of ads. As for what games, Apple has said developers such as Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, Lego, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games, are developing for the platform.
In addition, Apple has said that it’ll also be fronting some of the development costs for these exclusive titles.
Apple Arcade is set to launch this Fall in more than 150 countries. The company has yet to unveil pricing just yet, however developers interested in getting on board can head to Apple’s website.