A game subscription for mobile, desktop, and the living room
Apple Arcade will give customers the freedom to try any game from its handpicked collection of titles that are all-you-can-play, have no ads, ad tracking or additional purchases, and respect user privacy.
2 years ago
Apple Arcade is a game subscription service for iOS, Mac and Apple TV
As with Apple News+, Apple Arcade works with family sharing -- so you can buy once and share the service with your family. Once signed up, there are no ads and no additional purchases need in any of these games. and to keep kids from playing too much, parental controls will be available inside the Screen Time tool in settings.
Apple launches Apple Arcade game subscription for iOS, Mac, and Apple TV
Apple is unveiling a new Apple Arcade game subscription service today at the company's "show time" event. Unlike cloud gaming services from competitors like Sony, Microsoft, Google, and Nvidia, Apple's gaming subscription isn't designed to stream games to iOS devices. Instead, it's a subscription game service for titles that can be installed from the App Store.
Would you recommend this product?
Founder, Product Hunt
This is an answer to Google's
and the App Store's risk of disintermediation.
touched on this
on Twitter last week
: "Google’s Stadia has made me think. If desktop game streaming obviates game stores like Steam, perhaps 5G app streaming will obviate app stores. Just go to a URL to use an app as a stream of pixels. Perhaps an old idea to 5G experts, but maybe worth investigating." By hooking consumers on a subscription service, Apple can build a moat beyond hardware/platform lock-in.
on on the main point of iOS is fluid 60fps zero-latency interactions, streaming apps will never (and I mean never-ever, speed of light is still the limit even if we will get rid of coding/decoding delays etc) offer same experience. if anything - with support of service workers for web you could get flow like "type url - get app" right now.
Is this the end of free games on the App Store?
Co-Founder, Internet Missionaries
Steve Jobs would not have done this. This is Tim Cooks Apple, where anything goes to make money and survive.
Entrepreneur, Computer Scientist
! Can you elaborate why the would not have done this? I want to understand your point of view.
I disagree. iCloud has started by the hands of Jobs, and was a big bet in Apple's future at the time.
I think it most of the Jobs deception of the last Apple for years. It innovative, simple, well designed. Nobody offer anything like this before (Microsoft XBLA had an attempt, but without subscription).