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Apple Arcade is a subscription service for iPhone, Mac and Apple TV



  The new Apple Arcade service as it looks on different screens (big screen, tablet, smartphone).

Apple introduced its new subscription gaming service, Apple Arcade, at a headquarters event on Monday.


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Apple moves deeper into online games. The tech giant announced on Monday that it will offer a subscription service through the App Store called Apple Arcade.

"With a single subscription, you get access to over 100 new and exclusive games," Ann Thai, Senior App Store Senior Product Manager, said during a event at Apple's Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. "You won't find these games on any other mobile platform or subscription service."


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Instead of something like what you get from Microsoft, Sony or Google's new cloud-based game streaming service Apple will instead include an offer of premium paid games from various developers. These games are exclusive to Apple and will have a dedicated tab in the App Store. Apple will charge a monthly fee for the service, but it didn't say how much yet.

Apple Arcade will be available for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV in the coming fall in more than 150 countries worldwide. With the subscription Apple said people can play as much as they like without ads or additional purchases. They can also play offline.

The Arcade service will include more than 100 new and exclusive games made by well-known studies and developers from around the world including Annapurna Interactive, Cartoon Network, Konami, Lego, Sega, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong and Will Wright.

"These developers are some of the greatest narrators and artists in the world," said Thailand. "They create games that have never been possible before."

Apple has reportedly developed its gaming subscription service – sometimes described as a Netflix for gaming – since last year. But this is not the company's first priority for games.

Apple has a long track record with games. The launch of the iPhone made Apple a breakthrough in a new era of mobile and casual gaming. Apple was a key force in the expansion of games beyond expensive consoles and high-end PCs as games became a powerhouse item in the App Store. During the App Store's biggest sales week, when apps pulled $ 1.22 billion in the last week of 2018, Apple called up as the main cause of the game.

Monday said Monday that more than 1 billion people have downloaded games from the App Store, which has about 300,000 free and paid games. Games are also the most popular category in the App Store, said Thailand.

Apple has flirted with other gaming areas before. As the company renewed its Apple TV in 2015 after years of neglect, it opened the door so you could play more games on your TV, a crack toward a console. The trackpad on Apple TV's remote control was the standard controller for all games available on Apple TV, but Apple TV also added support for legitimate game controllers – like Steelseries and Horipad – so Apple TV owners could play arcade or console-style games more naturally .

With its subscription service, Apple is likely to be able to draw even more people. The company said it would continue to add games to the service on a regular basis.

The story was originally published at. 10:43. PT.


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