Apple Arcade price and release date: Coming September 19 at a shockingly low price

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.
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34. wickedwilly

Posts: 688; 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: 4191; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

'premium'

20. whatev

Posts: 2252; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

A word that you don’t know the meaning

11. dnomadic

Posts: 413; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This interesting but I wonder how many people will find value in paying $120 a year For Mobile games (this is in addition to other games that you may play that are not on Arcade). Even when I was digging mobile gaming I didn't spend that much in a year. Only time I knew of anyone paying that much was for a singe game (pay as you go). Good idea but I think I like the Stadia Option a little better (can't wait to see both in Practice)

12. midan

Posts: 2821; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Well gaming is by far most popular money maker in appstore so i think it has big potential? Of course all depends of the quality of games. Those are real full games and what i've heard over these years lot of people hate freemium games so this is what they been asking.

48. dnomadic

Posts: 413; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I agree that it is popular, but is it one person paying $120 for games or this the Result of Millions upon Millions buying a variety games and in-app purchases. So i'm thinking Millions purchased Mario, but would they purchase a Mario like title 12 times in a year? I'm older so I may be too far from the target audience, but I would assume real gamers would prefer a Stadia like experience if Google pulls it off (ADVERTISE GOOGLE -- ADVERTISE)

49. TBomb

Posts: 1460; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think people hate freemium games because there is a point in a players progress where you need to start paying to actually get further. So the player is left in a situation where the game feels "over" but also unwinnable. just because people hate freemium games, doesn't mean people want to pay for their games either. I think what people want is for free games to be free regardless of how high of a level you are. I do agree that gaming is a huge money maker - but I'm willing to guess it's from many many many micro transactions like one time payments of 99 cents for some gems because you had some small amount left on your gift card from Aunt Sally and couldn't afford a song. People are going to start weighing their subscriptions - do I want music, movies, news, or games? I have a $100+ in cell phone bill, $75 in wifi $50 in cable, do i really want to pay another $10 each for all the other?

31. lyndon420

Posts: 6777; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The thing I'm waiting on is price. Google could be on to something huge if they price it right.

15. Blazers

Posts: 741; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

If there's no controller support, forget it.

26. KingSam

Posts: 1445; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

How else will you play on Apple TV?

21. whatev

Posts: 2252; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Enjoying the bitterness that this keynote has caused to android trolls, it’s the best part actually

23. midan

Posts: 2821; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Laughing the same too :D so funny.

32. lyndon420

Posts: 6777; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Guess we're all having a good laugh today, but for obviously different reasons lol.

33. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

This is the power of seamless device integration of apple devices. The fact that they always put privacy and security on top of every services is the biggest deal for me.

40. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2178; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Man....rewatched this event. There is no one close on how to sell events like this. Apple just knows how to sell a great product around a great service. Period.

47. bucky

Posts: 3782; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Man, the gaming industry as we know is being attacked by Google and Apple. As long as these two keep releasing those cut down versions of games...

53. cmdacos

Posts: 4191; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The flappy bird quality games they featured sure didnt disappoint my expectations of how bad Apple Arcade is going to be.

54. Blazers

Posts: 741; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I’m surprised they didn’t mention that you can pair a DualShock 4 and Xbox controller with iOS 13. No need for MFi controllers.

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