It was only a matter of time before Google would introduce their competitor to Apple Arcade, which launched last week, and finally the details are in.
Price: $1.99 USD per month (for the first year, then $4,99 USD per month) – 10 day free trial
Launch: This week in the US, other regions to follow
Content: Non original content, 350+ Apps and games
There are two major differences between the recently launched Apple Arcade and the upcoming Google Play Pass:
- Unlike Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass will feature regular apps in addition to games;
- Unlike Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass will be limited to mobile devices;
- Games on Google Play Pass will NOT be exclusive original content from Google, unlike Apple Arcade. Apps and games offered will also be available on iOS or the regular Google Play Store, but will include ads or in-app purchases.
Otherwise, the format is fairly similar. Users pay a certain monthly fee to have access to a large variety of games (and apps in the case of Google Play Pass). All the games (and apps) available are free of ads and micro-transactions.
Google Play Pass will include ad-free versions of mobile apps, like, for instance, AccuWeather, Facetune, and Pic Stitch.
In terms of games, Google Play Pass will include, but won’t be limited to titles such as Terraria, Monument Valley, Risk, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
Both platforms have their own tab in the store, to facilitate access and navigation.
According to TechCrunch, “while neither Apple nor Google is discussing the terms of their deals with developers, Google says that the more people who download a Play Pass title, the more the revenue developers receive on a recurring basis. It also explained that Google itself is funding the initial launch offer, so developers can gain more subscriber interest without impacting their revenue.”
List of games and apps
ISS HD Live: View Earth Live
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Pic Stitch – #1 Collage Maker
The Battle of Polytopia
Tunable: Music Practice Tools
Agent A: A puzzle in disguise
The Tiny Bang Story
Game Dev Tycoon
Bridge Constructor Portal
Toca Mystery House
AccuWeather: Daily Forecast & Live Weather Reports
60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure
This is the Police
Reigns: Game of Thrones
Monument Valley 2
Old Man’s Journey
Thomas & Friends: Race On!
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride (Full)
King’s League: Odyssey
One More Line
Shadow Fight 2 Special Edition