Google Launches Play Pass Subscription

Posted on September 23, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Games, Mobile with 11 Comments

Google today announced Google Play Pass, a new subscription service with 350 completely unlocked apps and games. That means no ads, no in-app advertising, or up-front payments.

“Google Play has always been about connecting you to the best apps, games and digital content out there,” Google’s Austin Shoemaker writes. “Since everyone plays a little differently, we’re introducing a new way to enjoy many of these digital experiences: Google Play Pass.”

Google Play Pass is debuting in the U.S. this week and it will come to additional countries soon. It costs $4.99 per month and you can get started with a free 10-day trial if you’re curious. And for a limited time, you can get Play Pass for only $1.99/month for your first twelve months.

Of course, the big deal here is the app and games collection.

“You’ll find well-known apps and games like Terraria, Monument Valley, Risk, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and AccuWeather,” Shoemaker says. “And others you might be less familiar with that are just as amazing, like LIMBO, Lichtspeer, Mini Metro, Old Man’s Journey and many more. With new additions every month—including titles like This War of Mine and Cytus coming soon—there’s always something new to discover.”

As Apple did with Arcade in its own mobile app store, Google has added a Play Pass tab in the Google Play Store so you can browse the available titles. And as Apple did with Arcade, a Play Pass subscription can be used with up to five other family members.

You can learn more about Google Play Pass here. But as I did with Apple Arcade, I’ll be taking a pass on this one.

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