Apple Arcade announced: Meet the first premium gaming service on mobile


Apple today announced Apple Arcade, the first premium game service on mobile that will give you access to a collection of brand new premium iOS games for an upfront monthly fee. Thanks to this new service, Apple wants to boost the popularity of high-quality paid mobile games, which have always struggled to compete with the popularity of free-to-play titles.

Apple Arcade, bringing exclusive games to your device

Apple Arcade will live as a new, separate tab within the App Store, and consist of more than 100 expertly-curated games that will be exclusive to the Apple Arcade service. Once the service goes live, new games will be continuously added to the mix so as to scratch that gaming itch of yours. You will have to pay a monthly fee but will also be able to play any Apple Arcade game for as long as you want and on whatever Apple device you want, be it iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or a Mac. 

Playable on all of your Apple devices

Playable on all of your Apple devices

There will be no ads and in-app purchases included with any Apple Arcade titles, so parents can be content that their child wouldn't rack up an astronomical bill with power-ups. Parents can also manage Apple Arcade with the ScreenTime feature and limit for how long their kids game.

The best bit? All the games will utilize a continuity-like feature that will let you switch devices and continue from where you left off. Aside from that feature, Apple Arcade will be completely offline and will let you download all the games on your device so that you can game while being off the grid. Family Sharing of Apple Arcade for up to six people will also be a go. Most Apple Arcade games will support MFI controllers for that laidback and cozy sofa gaming. 

Apple Arcade will be part of the App Store

Apple Arcade will be part of the App Store



Who is jumping on board?

Some of the developers and game studios that will be developing exclusive titles for Apple Arcade are Konami, SEGA, Disney Studios, LEGO, Cartoon Network, Devolver Digital, Gallium, Sumo Digital, Klei Studios (Don't Starve, Oxygen Not Included), Finji (Night in the Woods), Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Giant Squid, Konami, Mistwalker Corporation, Snowman, ustwo games and many, many others. It became quite clear during the keynote that Apple wants to help game developers create games that would otherwise be swamped within the hordes of free-to-play fluff on the App Store. Definitely an empowering move that will hopefully give us exceptional and well-made games made exclusively for mobile. Definitely an A+ selection of content creators, which are more than capable of bringing the next Monument Valley to your iPhone and iPad. 

New games will be continuously added to Apple Arcade

New games will be continuously added to Apple Arcade



Here are a few of the more intriguing games that will be exclusively hitting Apple Arcade later this year. Sonic Racing, Enter the Construct, and Lego Brawis all look like quite the time-sinkers:


Pricing and availability

Apple Arcade will arrive later this year in more than 150 countries around the world. Pricing is unknown at this time, but seeing how Apple's other premium service announced at the March 25 event, Apple News+, costs $9.99 a month, it wouldn't be too outlandish to predict a similar price tag for Apple Arcade. 

It seems that mobile gaming will become that much more interesting space in late 2019, when both Apple Arcade and Google Stadia will vow to revitalize this big, but stagnating niche of mobile software, which has been struggling to come up with high-quality titles of its own and relies on shady free-to-play tactics instead.

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50 Comments

1. vgking9699

Posts: 89; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Apple will now have the best smartphones and tablets for gaming-android won’t be able to compete

2. Vokilam

Posts: 1033; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Moved from Samsung devices to iPhone X - android never been able to compete in mobile gaming. Especially on a tablet.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Do any of apple's devices operate at over 10 teraflops? Will it work with Chrome Cast? Will it work on any device capable of running a Chrome browser? Stadia can, and it will operate great on the crappiest computer or mobile device. The only advantage you get (so far) will be the ability to download the game to your device, because Stadia requires an internet connection. We're also talking about console quality games here...saw lots of titles geared towards children with Apple Arcade.

13. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Stadia will be available for apple too but arcade won’t be available on any other device rather than their own.. so what’s your point here??

16. whatev

Posts: 2115; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Let him, he’s crying inconsolably due to frustration, that’s the thing with android trolls, they are like the villain’s minions in a movie lmao

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I don't play children's games...so no crying here lol. And my kids already have their consoles and computer games, so Stadia isn't really of any interest to them...yet. I pretty much gave up on console games a few years ago, and I definitely don't have any interest in playing games on my phone, tablet or computer. But being able to play something decent through my Chromecast definitely has piqued my interest.

29. whatev

Posts: 2115; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Curious thing about those saying that don’t play “kids games” is they are even the most childish characters ever in comparison to those who play “ children games”

36. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Oops...guess I stepped on your moment/nerve or something because you're resulting to insults now eh?? That's ok...we're used to it by now lol. But don't get so salty...I'm only referring to what I just read in the article... "There will be no ads and in-app purchases included with any Apple Arcade titles, so parents can be content that their child wouldn't rack up an astronomical bill with power-ups. Parents can also manage Apple Arcade with the ScreenTime feature and limit for how long their kids game." But hey look at what you're getting at launch - SEGA, Disney Studios, LEGO, Cartoon Network and 'Konami' (which PA had to mention twice because I suppose their list didn't sound impressive enough lol). I remember Sega and Konami from when I used to play in the arcades as a kid...wait...Apple Arcade...now it makes sense yes??! ;) Lucky you though...you get Sega, Konami...and Lego which I'm most jealous about!! I loved Lego!!

25. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Looks like Apple isn't interested in growing their fan base eh? Just trying to keep the users they currently have lol.

17. vgking9699

Posts: 89; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Stadia will be full of empty promises and likely won’t really take off The average customer won’t have fast and stable enough of internet speeds to stream games And those consoles type gamers won’t wanna $60 prices like PlayStation or Xbox games cuz they don’t feel like they own anything but the google controller, otherwise you are actually renting games basically and you don’t even own the game console itself since the game console is googles servers you aren’t actually owning the console There after years of paying for games and they cancel the service you’d be no longer able to even play any of the games you paid money for Plus you can’t resell those games towards buying new games and don’t get the box art or instructional manual like many gamers want So I’d gave stadia like maybe 6 months before it’s added to googles stupidly large pile of failed projects

24. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

And what kind of solid state gaming media and instruction manuals are you gonna get with Apple Arcade?? Gaming is a huge business service, so I highly doubt Google will can it like you're hoping. Even apple is beginning to see the benefit of adding more services to pump up revenue streams. What Google is offering is cross platform compatible, but apple is only catering to apple users...good luck on building a huge customer base. Microsoft is going to release a diskless console next...did you hear about that yet?!

27. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"good luck on building a huge customer base." Well they already have it ;)

39. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yeah...but the idea is to make it 'bigger'...yes?? Apple is currently eyeing your kids...if you have any of your own that is.

28. Cat97

Posts: 1727; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Gaming means wasting time, and Apple is really good at this. Android is about productivity.

30. iloveapps

Posts: 408; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

You say productivity, i thought android is just about costumization.

35. whatev

Posts: 2115; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Funny thing is that most reviewers and users praise iOS productivity over android, but that’s ok, you can have your opinion

44. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 899; Member since: May 07, 2014

Google Stadia will rip it off...

3. whatev

Posts: 2115; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

This is so exciting, finally I’m going to get the juice out of my iPad Pro with those exclusive games

14. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Seriously, iPad would be more worth it now.. and they got a great list of studios under this service.

18. whatev

Posts: 2115; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

And with control support it could be kind of a console replacement for some people (I’m not talking about those who are thirsty of exaflops to run 180Gb games on a 4K screen at 13fps), I will be happy complementing my switch with this iOS gaming platform, sounds like a win-win for me :)

38. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Gonna max out the 'juice' on your iPad Pro with which one? Lego...Disney...or the Cartoon Network??? ;)

4. libra89

Posts: 2221; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Oh wow, the device continuation is great! Also the developers and game studios is a great list!

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Get all your free games now on AppleArcade for only $10/month!!!! Lmao

19. whatev

Posts: 2115; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Awwww, look at him crying and frustrated, these are the things that give me so much life, thanks! :))))

46. skips

Posts: 458; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

?? how did that snide joke made you think he was being frustrated/crying lmaooooooooooooooooooo go home

50. whatev

Posts: 2115; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Take this wipes, try not to be so loud with your whining next time please :(

6. Opus1

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

Wow it’s amazing,not really (sarcasm)Other way to take some more money from users.

7. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

And more Apple paid sheeps praising This New scam If Apple continues to rise the price of the itoys this service should at least with 2 years free with your New itoys purchased otherwise Will be so worth it

34. wickedwilly

Posts: 540; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

This would be a good ploy for Apple and would stop the rot on iPhones sales which are fundamental to their services revenue success. Doubt they will do it though, they are far too greedy and short-sighted.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3818; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

'premium'

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