At their services focussed event today, Apple announced Apple Arcade, a new gaming subscription service from the tech giant. Set to debut this autumn, it will cover iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac with more than 100 new and exclusive games.
Widely reported in the run up to the event, it’s another subscription service from Apple, announced alongside News+ and TV subscriptions. It’s essentially what you’d expect, as Apple curate a selection of games from a variety of developers and bring them to you in a bundle, letting you play across their devices as you see fit, and with support for Apple’s family sharing, so you can buy once and share it with family accounts – the parental controls will be a godsend for parents in this scenario.
To make sure that this is worth paying for, they promise that there won’t be any adverts or in app purchases, and that the games on offer will be hand picked and tied in with personalised recommendations for what to play next. Oh, and in a little dig at Google Stadia and other streaming services, Apple also noted that you’ll be able to take all of these games and play them offline.
Partners that Apple noted include Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman and ustwo, with Apple Arcade set to launch in 150 markets at the end of this year.
The one big question right now is how much Apple plan on charging for this…