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Google officially announces its Apple Arcade-rival Play Pass is 'coming soon'

11 September 2019

According to previous reports, Google planned to launch a subscription service for apps and games on the Play Store named Google Play Pass. That was in closed testing.

The Google Play Pass will likely be similar to the Apple Aracde in its form and function, however not much is known about the service as of yet. "Google Play Pass is coming soon". It feels like $9.99 is the more logical price point but time will tell. Apple Arcade was announced back in March this year but the service hasn't launched yet. However, the company hasn't revealed any other details about the upcoming Play Pass. There are a bunch of high-quality games on the Play Store which Google could use in the Play Pass subscription.

Stardew Valley and Marvel Pinball are two of the premium games that are expected to be part of the new service.

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Apple Arcade will be accessible on iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and Macs via a new tab in the App Store (available on September 30 on iPadOS and tvOS 13, and in October on macOS Catalina). Aside from games, the subscription will also include regular apps.

Apple's App Store is already a major distribution platform for games, offering some 300,000 free and paid games.

Some of the titles that users can expect are Beyond a Steel Sky, Doomsday Vault, Hitchhiker, Lego Brawls, Overland, Winding Worlds, and Yaga.

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The announcement of Apple Arcade and Apple TV comes after the research firm IDC reported a 25% drop so far in 2019 in iPhone shipments.

Play Pass requires its users to pay its fee monthly which would guarantee access to a library of apps and games, not only ad-free but also free of in-app purchases.

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Google officially announces its Apple Arcade-rival Play Pass is 'coming soon'