Google has confirmed that it is working on a mobile game subscription service, called Play Pass, that will allow users subscription based access to hundreds of premium apps and games. It is expected that the service will cost $4.99 per month and will compete with the recently announced Apple Arcade. Google is also set to launch the Stadia game streaming service in November 2019.
Android Police reported that they had received screenshots from a user showing a service page for Play Pass. The page displayed a price of £4.99 per month for access to the Play Pass service. It also showed that the service was set to include games Stardew Valley and Marvel Pinball.
Following the leak, a Google spokesperson confirmed the rumours and said that the service was currently being tested on the mobile platform.
Apple Arcade Competition
Google Play Pass will go up against the Apple Arcade subscription service, which the tech giant announced earlier this year. Apple Arcade will go live in Autumn 2019, and will feature over 100 new and exclusive games. They also said that new games and apps would be added to the service on an ongoing basis.
Apple went on to say that the service would be cross channel, would not require Internet access, and this means that a player can pick up where they left off if they swap from one device to another. Users would not face additional in-app purchases, and there would be no ads in the games.
Google Stadia Subscription Service
Google Play Pass won’t be the company’s first foray into gaming streaming services, either, having announced the launch of Google Stadia this coming November. Not only is Google Stadia a subscription service, but it also offers streaming gaming, which means that users will not be constrained by the performance of their gaming device. Google Stadia includes a $9.99 subscription service that allows users access to premium games.
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