Apple Arcade launches September 19, priced $4.99 per month

Ruben Fields
September 11, 2019

Considering its $4.99 price tag, the Apple Arcade gaming service seems like a pretty sweet deal.

Apple Arcade will be live immediately across 150 countries. And, in India, the subscription will cost only ₹99 per month whereas, in the USA, the cost for Apple Arcade is $4.99 (₹358.57). Even though Apple has launched ahead of the Alphabet-owned company, it might not be enough to give an edge.

During the keynote event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, Apple shared new details about Arcade, which will be available beginning September 19th on iOS, September 30th on iPadOS, and in October on macOS Catalina. The $4.99 subscription will give users access to a catalogue of 100 new games at launch.

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A curated storefront that lets players cut through the fat is a decent idea, but it remains to be seen if people will pay for it. Apple has certainly put together a nice-looking list of exclusive games for the service.

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The explanation is simple. Users can download any title they want, letting you play offline. The games you play can all be experienced across these devices, so you can keep your games with you both on the go and at home. It is a cloud based gaming service.

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Apple Arcade will be available to smaller pool of users since its restricted to users with Apple devices.

And when it comes to mobile gaming, Apple has for over a decade now managed to attract the cream of the mobile gaming crop. iPhone nearly single handedly made mobile gaming a viable option for developers, and will likely be offering tempting terms to continue to attract the best mobile gaming talent.

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