Last month, we told you about Google's response to Apple's upcoming Arcade service. The latter was announced by Apple last March and is expected to launch this fall. For an unannounced monthly price, subscribers will have unlimited access to more than 100 exclusive new games. While we could find out more about Arcade and how much Apple plans to charge for it during today's event, hidden code discovered in a beta version of iOS 13 revealed that after a free one-month trial, Arcade will cost $4.99 a month. All members in a Family Sharing account will have access to the Arcade app, and since it is a premium service, there will be no in-app purchases offered.
While Google hasn't come up with such an ambitious response, it had been testing Google Play Pass. It seems that Google was happy with the results of its testing and has started teasing Google Play Pass on the Google Play Twitter account (via CNET). Expected to be priced at $4.99 a month, subscribers will have access to hundreds of premium games and apps for just one monthly subscription fee. Yesterday, the account disseminated a tweet which said, "It’s almost time. Google Play Pass is coming soon."
While it isn't known which games or apps Google is including with the monthly subscription, games like Stardew Valley and Marvel Pinball are said to be part of a subscription to Google Play Pass. We could see Google announce the new service next month during the same Made by Google event that will unwrap the new Google Pixel 4 series.