While we wait for news about the next generation of iPhones later today, Apple has announced that Apple Arcade will launch on September 19th. Interested iOS, Mac OS, and Apple TV gamers will be able to sign up for a one-month trial. After that an Apple Arcade subscription will cost $4.99 a month.

Engadget notes that Apple didn’t specify whether the Arcade doors will open on all three platforms on the 19th or whether the rollout will happen in phases. We’ll update with any additional details Apple provides.

Apple originally announced Arcade back in March. At the time they said that subscribers would have access to more than 100 “new and exclusive” games when the service launched. An exact number of titles hasn’t been revealed yet, but Apple did mention a brand new Frogger game from Konami and Shinsekai: Into the Depths from Capcom.

Arcade will be given its very own tab in the App Store. Tap it and you’ll find a curated collection of games to try out, helpful gameplay guides, and trailers for new and upcoming releases.

Apple first announced Arcade alongside Apple News+ and Apple TV+ as the company looks to further capitalize on subscription services. The company now has more than 60 million paying Apple Music subscribers.

Google also has its own subscription gaming offerings. There’s Google Play Pass, which is expected be similar to Apple Arcade and there’s the $10 a month Stadia, which is a slightly different beast. Stadia uses the power of Google’s cloud to let you play top-notch games on systems that might not otherwise be able to. It runs anywhere Google Chrome does and supports resolutions from 720p (over a 10Mbps connection) up to 4k (35Mbps) at 60fps.

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Lee Mathews

Computer tech, blogger, husband, father, and avid MSI U100 user.

3 replies on “Apple Arcade launches next week for $4.99 a month”

  1. The sheer number of competing subscription based streaming/digital download services has me worried that this might become the only way to actually experience content, game and otherwise.

    1. Very true.
      However, in the case of Apple I think this is the right move.

      They simply needed to make this available with the launch of the new Apple TV Console when it was released back in 2016 (?). But I must say, they really needed to do a much better job with those remotes, since they really are impossible to “game” with, and the restriction to developers is huge.

  2. Some people just keep accumulating subscriptions. I can tell you to the penny how much I paid for my Steam games.

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