In August, Google has already tested its own games and apps subscription as a rival to Apple Arcade, which launched iOS 13 last week, and this week will start the service for $ 5 a month – initially only in the US, but more countries are to follow.
Early Birds pay $ 1.99 in the first year
The service includes around 350 games and applications available to subscribers at no additional charge, eliminating the need for in-app purchases and displaying no ads – all content is fully unlocked through subscription. A free trial period for the Google Play Pass includes ten days for the user to try the service first. Then it costs $ 4.99 per month and can be terminated at any time – the price announced in advance in August is thus confirmed and is identical to the price of Apple Arcade. US customers who subscribe to the Google Play Pass by October 11 will receive the first year service for only $ 1.99 per month.
The Google Play Pass includes both familiar games and apps such as Terraria, Monument Valley, Risk, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and AccuWeather, as well as lesser-known titles such as Limbo, Lightspear, Mini Metro and Old Man's Journey.
New tab in the Play Store for passport content
To make it easy for subscribers to find their games and apps available through the Google Play Pass, they also see an additional tab called the “Play Pass” in the Google Play Store, which gives access to all included apps. In the Play Store itself, the apps are also provided with a small emblem to be easily recognized.
Play Pass as a family also divisible
Users of a Family Library on Google Play can also share the Play Pass with up to five family members, and use of the service by one user does not affect or restrict others.