Apple Arcade Game Subscription Service Coming With 100+ Titles

Oscar Cross
March 26, 2019

The firm held an event in Cupertino, US to announce a number of new and enhanced services. Basically we're talking about suggestions from Apple about which things you'll want to see, or what services they think you'll want.

Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg pose together after Apple's March 25 announcement.

Over 100 games will be available as part of the subscription, and Apple claims they're all exclusive to this service - which is fucking shit.

The idea is that the Apple TV app will act as a portal to all your entertainment, in a new section called Apple TV Channels - whether it's cable subscription-based or on streaming services like HBO Go or through Apple TV Plus. An Apple News+ subscription can be shared with family members at no extra cost, Rosner said.

Apple confirmed that Apple TV+ will launch this autumn, with original TV series and movies set to arrive monthly on the service.

Other high-profile names to take the stage included Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, who spoke about their post-apocalyptic series See; Kumail Nanjiani, who announced his show Little America; and J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles, who spoke about their show Little Voices ahead of a performance of the theme song by Bareilles.

Tons of content now available via Apple Channels. It is expected that the streaming service will compete with Amazon Prime and Netflix.

The big tech war for viewers ignited a consolidation wave among traditional media companies preparing to join the fray. For years, Apple's business has centered around the iPhone, but sales of that once-revolutionary but now commonplace device have slowed.

Today at its Apple Event, Apple announced a new game-streaming service aptly titled Apple Arcade.

Apple is pitching the service as an antidote to the free-to-play mechanics that have taken over App Store gaming.

While Apple is late to the video streaming market, it has at least 1.4 billion active devices out there, giving it a huge potential audience. Even producers of Apple's shows are unsure about numerous details about when and how audiences will be able to see their work.

A new Apple Card credit card will be integrated into Apple Pay on the iPhone, extending the company's reach into digital payments.

The company also introduced Apple Arcade, a game subscription service that will work on phones, tablets and desktop computers and include games from a range of developers.

Others, though, have seen Apple as a potential savior from years of onerous arrangements with Google and Facebook, in which the publishers' content has been at the mercy of opaque algorithms and the strategic whims of tech companies with mottos like "move fast and break things" as readers have moved nearly entirely to those platforms as their portals to find and consume content. The company did not disclose pricing or which titles would be available at launch.

Apple's cash back offer isn't unique either, he said.

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