Google is gearing up to try PlayPass, a mysterious service so far that is a subscription service for hundreds of premium apps and games without ads or in-app purchases with a free 10-day trial as the company prepares to compete Apple’s Arcade service, according to Cnet Technology.
It’s almost time ⏲️ Google Play Pass is coming soon. pic.twitter.com/vTbNmRehLm
— Google Play (@GooglePlay) September 9, 2019
Google told Android Policy that it is currently testing the service and will be paid a monthly fee of $5. Subscription games include Stardew Valley and Marvel Pinball by the plug.
Apple’s Arcade is set to arrive this fall with a long list of developers including LEGO, Annapurna Interactive, Cartoon Network, and Sega. It will reach more than 150 countries and will immediately offer over 100 new and exclusive games Apple is working with developers to create. However, Google could plan to counter them by launching its service at about the same time, and Apple has not announced the cost of the service so far.
This Play Pass immediately thinks of Apple Arcade whose launch is planned soon or even tonight. Both offers should have a lot in common but also differences. At Apple, the service is entirely dedicated to games and the focus has been on original and exclusive productions at the Apple platforms (just over 100 titles at the launch).
At Google, according to leaks dating back to July, the range will be wider, including games but also music services or fitness apps. In short, everything that is accompanied today on the Play Store purchases In-App or premium formulas would be included in this Pass. In one case as in the other, there will be zero ads. The subscription should be non-binding and it will include access for family members. As for the subscription price, the catches that leaked for Google mentioned $ 4.99 per month, a rate that Apple would also practice.
It is, in a way, like the Amazon app store. The apps that were in Amazon Underground were unlocked, so you could download ‘Jetpack Joyride’ and buy virtual currencies without checking out, for example. They were simply included and there was no limit.
As for the price, the figure we handle so far is $ 4.99 per month plus taxes (we talk about the United States) with a ten-day trial period before receiving the first charge. Nothing is known about the price in Spain and Latin America, but it is clear that it will not take long to get out of doubt.