As recently rumored, Apple is expanding its presence in the gaming industry with its own gaming subscription service. Called the Apple Arcade, this service provides access to titles for mobile devices, desktops, and the living room. Unlike Google's Stadia, however, the games are not streamed from the cloud. See a brief overview of the trailer below, or take a look at our information on Apple Arcade to learn more about the new initiative.
Apple's service essentially includes a monthly subscription that offers unrestricted access to a curated selection of paid-for titles in the App Store; It sounds like an Xbox Game Pass. Development partners include Sega, Konami, Disney, Sumo Digital and Cartoon Network. Over 1
Apple Arcade covers more than just iOS games, though they work on devices like iPhones and iPads. In addition, you can play on MacOS and Apple TV. This means that these games will extend to mobile devices, laptops and TV. And these versions do not work independently; Your progress will be transferred between the different platforms. In other words, you can switch from your phone to your TV or laptop, for example, which is not entirely different from the vision Google recently outlined with Stadia.
Apple further stated that every game was playable offline, while future game updates and DLC would be included at no additional cost. Apple Arcade will have its own tab in the App Store, and the games will be free of advertising and micro-transactions.
Apple Arcade will be available in 150 countries this fall. Important information – how much it will cost – has not yet been passed on. Apple says prices and other details are still outstanding.
During the event, we took a quick look at some of the games that were on duty and others were confirmed in a press release. Confirmed games include Sonic Racing, Lego Brawls, Oceanhorn 2, Overland, Fantasian (by Final Fantasy developer Hironobu Sakaguchi) and Beyond the Steel Sky (where Dave Gibbons of Watchmen is famous). We've also received a list of Apple Arcade developers and publishers, including names like Lego, Disney, Sega, and Konami.
Apple – Introducing the Apple Arcade Trailer
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Apple says it will "contribute to development costs and work closely with developers to bring the games to life," suggesting that developers are not just developers for their games pay will be included.
"The App Store is the world's largest and most successful gaming platform, and we'll be playing more with Apple Arcade, the first mobile, desktop and living room games subscription service," said Apple boss Phil Schiller. "We work with some of the world's most innovative game developers to create over 100 new and exclusive games for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV." Apple Arcade games are great for families and respect user privacy. No ads or additional Purchases required – players of all ages will love Apple Arcade. "
Apple's service is not cloud-based, unlike the recently announced Google Stadia or PlayStation Now and Microsoft's xCloud. The company also introduced its new Apple TV + service and a series of exclusive original shows.