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Google launches Play Pass to compete with Apple Arcade

Published: 21:24, 23 September 2019
Updated: 00:52, 24 September 2019
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Not the ones to be outdone, Google have followed Apple in launching their own mobile subscription service. Dubbed Play Pass, Google's service is actually ahead of Apple Arcade in that they're offering both games and applications for the price.

Play Pass kicks off this week in the US and will be followed by other countries soon, although Google very specific on dates or which countries they're referring to. 

"Play Pass is a new subscription service that gives you access to more than 350 apps and games that are completely unlocked - all free of ads, in-app purchases and upfront payments. Play Pass offers a high-quality, curated collection of titles from Stardew Valley to AccuWeather, with new apps and games added every month", the company wrote.

Google Play Pass is priced at $4.99 a month,  just like Apple Arcade, although you could say that the former has an upper hand due to the fact they're offering apps as well as games. 

There's a 10-day free trial should you rather have a taste before you you buy and, additionally, the company is offering a limited-time annual Play Pass subscription for just $1.99 per month for your first year onboard. Naturally, if you've already downloaded some games prior to your subscription, they will be rid of ads automatically. 

Describing the service, Google quoted CEO of Ustwo Games Maria Sayans as saying, "Play Pass helps encourage people to try new experiences they would not have otherwise". 

The list of games includes the likes of Stardew Valley, Terraria, Monument Valley, Risk, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Limbo, Old Man's Journey and a bunch more, with This War of Mine and Cytus apparently on the way. 

To facilitate your searches, Google threw in a special Play Pass tab for subscribers, although they can still find them regularly through the Play Store. All the games and apps are readily available, as long as they have the Play Pass ticket.  

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like Google Play Family Library, family managers can share their Play Pass subscription with up to five other family members. Each family member can access Play Pass individually, so your experience won’t be affected by what others download", the company said. 

You can find the official announcement on Google's blog .