Apple is reportedly planning a Netflix-like game subscription service

Apple is reportedly planning a Netflix-like game subscription service

Apple’s own video streaming service has been rumored for quite some time now. But according to a new report by Cheddar, the Silicon Valley-based firm is also working on its own game subscription service.

Revealed by five anonymous sources familiar with the matter, the new service would function largely like a “Netflix for games” by giving consumers access to a specific number of titles if they choose to pay a monthly fee.

Apple reportedly began talking with game developers in the second half of 2018, so the plans for the service are still relatively new. Nevertheless, the Cupertino giant does seem pretty keen at the moment as it’s also reported to have spoken with certain developers about becoming a publisher. This could ensure a steady stream of games for its service but would see Apple cover costs related to marketing and distribution.

At the moment, details such as the games that could potentially be included or the cost of the service remain unclear. However, it’s possible that Apple will include both iOS games for use on iPhones and iPad and certain Mac titles for use on computers.

This streaming service could also fit in quite well with the rumored 7th-gen iPod Touch. After all, while very little is known about this product at the moment, a recent trademark extension suggested it will focus quite heavily on gaming.



1. KingSam

Posts: 1515; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Game streaming on a 4" iPod. Hmmmm

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 735; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I'm guessing the 7th-gen iPod (if released) will have a larger display, perhaps 4.7-inches like the iPhone 6/7/8

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I wonder if it will really be game streaming (something like Nvidia Grid) or just a paid subscription to play games you otherwise would download (and pay) separately.

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 735; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Probably the latter

5. Whitedot

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

That would make sense to get you in the binge gaming. Having lots of titles to play it would be cool. But what price point could be? Surely quite a few options to choose from.

6. bigheadwillie

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

How is this any different than what Sony has been doing for years with PlayStation Now?

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4374; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Worse game titles

7. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Sounds cool

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Considering latency of these services ... even nVidia Shield on 1GB LAN has around 40ms delay ... this sound really useless.

10. midan

Posts: 3207; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

wow you are lost.. you misunderstood something very badly :)

11. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

If you want to stream games get a Shield TV. This isn't new and I doubt their service would be as reliable.

12. midan

Posts: 3207; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Another one who clearly lost the plot.. It's monthly subscription to play games, not streaming them. You pay once a month and play many different games. Just like you watch many movies or Series from Netflix.

13. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Great idea, I'm sure all iOS users will enjoy that, it's not exactly known for AAA gaming but who cares, Apple don't.

14. HumbleJ06

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Sounds like Nvidia's GeForce Now. Pay around $8 a month to play hundreds of games. Been using my substitution for 2 years. Hopefully Apple creates something similar

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