Apple Arcade is a subscription-based gaming service offered by Apple Inc. Apple Arcade was launched on the 19th of September 2019 at the annual Apple keynote presentation.
Apple Arcade is available on any compatible Apple software system or device: tvOS13, iPadOS 13, iOS 13, and macOS Catalina or later. The platform offers both family sharing and individual monthly.
Annual plans include no in-app purchases or advertisements and the option to download and play games offline. Furthermore, on using the service on Apple-exclusive products, the gameplay is also compatible with third-party accessories such as the Xbox controllers and PlayStation 4.
Table of Contents
- Platforms and operating systems
- Subscription packages
- Features of Apple Arcade
Platforms and operating systems
Apple Arcade can be accessed in more than 140 countries, in over 14 languages on compatible Apple devices including the iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, iPhone, and Mac computers.
Also, the service is included in Apple’s ios 13 (2019), iPadOS 13 (2019), and tvOS 13 (2019) software and macOS Catalina. Apple Arcade is also available in later software updates.
We can find Apple Arcade on the Apple App Store’s Apple Arcade tab. One cool thing about the platform is that the gameplay also supports external controllers.
External wireless controllers that are tagged Made for iPhone are compatible with Apple Arcade games. In addition, wireless controllers for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are also supported through wireless pairing Bluetooth settings.
Apple One subscriptions
Apple Arcade is the first subscription-based video game service offered by Apple Inc. The platform was an addition to other Apple’s subscription services such as Apple TV+, Apple Fitness+, Apple Music and Apple News+.
The users have the option to purchase the Apple One subscription to access the video game service, Apple Arcade.
Apple One provides consumers with access to extra iCloud storage and a bundle of Apple’s subscription services.
These are the costs of the subscription plans on Apple One:
- Apple Arcade costs $14.95 for an Individual plan. On this plan, one user has access to Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, and 50 gigabytes of iCloud storage.
- Apple Arcade costs $19.95 for a family plan. On the family plan, up to six users have access to Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple TV+, and 200 gigabytes of iCloud storage.
- Apple Arcade costs $29.95 for the premier plan. On this plan, up to six users have access to Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, and 250 gigabytes of iCloud storage.
All three of these plans can be cancelled at any time, and they also offer a free one-month trial.
Apple Arcade subscriptions
One month subscription to Apple Arcade costs $4.99 while a year subscription costs $49.99. This plan can be used as a family sharing plan or for individual gameplay, where up to six users can participate. Both the annual and monthly subscription plans offer a one-month free trial and can be cancelled at any time.
When Apple Arcade was launched, it offered an initial 71 apps for gaming, with Apple announcing that the number of games will increase to more than 100 by the end of 2020. The games can be accessed in more than 140 countries and can be translated in over 14 languages.
All Apple Arcade games cannot be accessed from other platforms; they are exclusive to the service. The games are created by developers such as Konami, Annapurna Interactive, Sega and more.
Apple only reveals whether a game has been accepted onto the Apple Arcade platform to its developers; it does not reveal the game performance metrics.
There are various gaming categories within the platform. These categories group together similar games based on their genre, level of difficulty, premise and more. Some categories include puzzle, adventure, and education.
In addition, there is also a category called daily play suggestions, which provides a curated selection of games based on the consumer’s gameplay history and downloads.
Features of Apple Arcade
Apple Arcade employs always-on DRM; this means that the users must always be logged in to use the service. The users are to log in with their Apple ID. This allows the users gaming progress to be saved to their iCloud account.
This feature allows the users to be able to resume their game progress on another device as long as they are logged into their iCloud account.
Apple Arcade is supported on iOS 13 or later, iPad OS 13 or later, macOS Catalina or later and tvOS 13 or later.
Individual and family sharing plans
Both the monthly (which costs $4.99) and annual subscription (which costs $49.99) on Apple Arcade allows for gaming that can be shared between one and six people (family sharing).
The gaming platform is also available on monthly and annual Apple One plans. The Apple One plans include $19.95 per month for a family plan, $29.95 for a premier plan (which supports usage between one and six people), and $14.95 per month for an individual plan.
Once a user’s device is connected to the internet, he or she can download games from Apple Arcade to his or her device. After the application is downloaded, it can be played offline without an internet connection.
One cool feature about Apple Arcade is that all its games can be played from compatible Apple software and devices. Games offered on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch include touch screen gaming.
Also, many games on the platform allow for wireless connectivity of external consoles via Bluetooth, in as much the external device is compatible with the Apple device being used for gameplay. External devices will always contain a tag that outlines whether it is compatible with Apple Arcade gameplay.
The size of individual games on Apple Arcade varies between 200megabytes to 2gigabytes. The size of an application’s download cap is indicated in its description on the Apple Arcade platform.
No ads or in-app purchases
Applications downloaded from the Apple Arcade platform does not contain in-app purchases or ads.
This involves extensions which enable new characters, levels, challenges, quests, items, and more within a game. After all, Apple Arcade games operate as closed systems, and the Apple Arcade applications generally do not involve user modification. Learn more here.