Apple’s Game Subscription Service Will Reportedly Only Cost $4.99/month

Posted on August 19, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, Games, iOS, iPadOS, Mac and macOS with 5 Comments

Back in March, Apple announced its game subscription service Apple Arcade. The service would allow iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV users to play a collection of games for free with the subscription. You will have access to more than 100 new and exclusive games — some of which won’t be available on any other platforms.

So far, Apple has been quiet about the pricing details about Apple Arcade. We already know the service will launch this Fall — in fact, Apple already has a dedicated tab for Apple Arcade on the App Store on the iOS 13 beta. But what we didn’t know is how much it will actually cost.

And now, according to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple Arcade will reportedly be available for $4.99 a month. The company is running an internal early access program for Apple Arcade right now, though the folks at 9to5Mac were able to use one of the APIs to get access to a hidden promotional message that reveals the pricing.

Apple will be offering a free one-month trial for Arcade, and it will also support Family Sharing.

The company is expected to introduce new iPhones and possibly other hardware on September 10, so the official pricing details for Apple Arcade will likely be announced there. And if Apple is set to launch iOS 13 on the same day, it will probably launch Apple Arcade along with it.

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Comments (5)

5 responses to “Apple’s Game Subscription Service Will Reportedly Only Cost $4.99/month”

  1. dontbeevil

    only??? ...for phone games

    • rbgaynor

      In reply to dontbeevil:

      iPhone and iPad. Don't forget mobile is now the biggest (by revenue) segment in gaming.

    • curtisspendlove

      In reply to dontbeevil:

      Actually, the games they showed off already are well worth $4.99/month.

      And it helps break away from the IAP circus that you have to navigate on "mobile gaming" which is what keeps me away from most of them.

      I've even been buying a *lot* of old games that I used to love. Final Fantasy / Dragon Quest, etc. Excellent throwbacks and well worth a few dozen dollars here and there.

  2. lvthunder

    Depending on the games it might be worth it.

  3. thalter

    I will gladly pay this, even if it is more than I would have otherwise spent buying mobile games in most months. Anything to show my support and fight the scourge of free-to-play games.