During an entertainment-focused presentation, Apple announced a new game subscription service called Apple Arcade. The monthly subscription rate will give you a selection of roughly 100 exclusive games, with more to be added regularly. But it’s one feature the service is lacking that acted as a direct answer to Google.
During the presentation, Apple specifically mentioned that Apple Arcade isn’t a cloud-based streaming service. And since it isn’t streaming, the company emphasized, you can download and play the games offline. This is in very direct contrast to Google’s cloud-based Stadia game streaming platform, which the company said can’t run offline.
Apple Arcade includes partners like Sega, Konami, Disney, Sumo Digital, and Cartoon Network. Any game included in Arcade will be updated with updates or DLC as part of your subscription cost. You can also pick up your games on other devices, and Apple promises more games will be added “all the time.”
Apple Arcade will have its own tab on the App Store when it launches in 150 countries this fall. Apple didn’t detail pricing options for the subscription. The company also used the presentation to announce its own TV streaming platform.