Apple Arcade paid gaming subscription: Features, subscription, original games, and more details

Apple Arcade paid gaming subscription: Features, subscription, original games, and more details

Darren Sullivan
March 27, 2019

"Now we are going to take games even further with Apple Arcade, the first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room", said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

It will be available through the Apple TV app, which will be available on Roku, Fire TV, and various smart TVs.

Apple has already commissioned programming from Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. It'll work on your Mac and your Apple TV, but let's face it - you'll be using it for mobile gaming.

"This is what we call now the battle for the lounge room", futurist Steve Sammartino told 3AW Breakfast.

Unlike Amazon Prime and Netflix, which offer vast libraries of original and licensed content, Apple TV+ will have only original content.

"We've also been creating a collection of world-class services, and that is what today is all about", Apple CEO Tim Cook said in his opening remarks. In addition to eventually offering access to Apple originals, the new app will make it easier for people to subscribe to channels like HBO and Starz with a single click. Now Apple is getting in the subscription game, with Apple News+.

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Apple Arcade will be released to the public come Fall 2019 and will be available in 150 countries and regions.

At the moment, the Apple TV app aggregates videos from a range of different video services; however, it is ultimately simply an intermediary that sends users to streaming providers.

The difference here is that Apple can be confident of selling millions of each device it launches, but a streaming TV service is much more risky. Content is not only available via shows and categories, but also directly by picking a popular character. For security, the card number is stored in a chip used by Apple Pay on the iPhone and each payment to merchants is protected by a dynamic security code on the phone. Shared family accounts will have access to the titles and parental controls for no additional charge.

Apple's "one more thing" during today's announcements at its March event in Cupertino theater was another interesting subscription service.

Apple will be hoping to emulate the success of Apple Music, which has gained more than 50 million subscribers since launching in 2015 and is closing in on market leader Spotify.

Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, traditional broadcasters are stepping up their efforts, with the BBC and ITV announcing plans to collaborate on a joint subscription-based streaming service called BritBox, featuring new commissions, recent shows and old British favourites.