Game streaming appears to be a rapidly growing market and for many gamers this is an increasingly interesting and profitable option. Apple competes with companies like Google Stadia and EA Project Atlas for the top spot. So, let's take a look at what we know about this streaming platform, including Apple Arcade's release date, what games you can play there, and what specs you need to get the most out of the service.
During the iPhone 11 launch, Apple also shared news about its streaming service, setting the Apple Arcade release date as September 19. At launch, we expect to see 150 games on the service, with an additional 100 games in the coming weeks. Many of us are unfamiliar with most of these titles, but that doesn't mean they are not worthwhile. Update
: Some iPhone users can already use the latest iOS update to access Apple Arcade, download apps and play games.
One of the main reasons for the increasing popularity of game streaming services is price. You don’t have the same initial start-up costs. Instead, you need to pay a recurring monthly fee to access the platform. Apple Arcade will be launched at a price of $4.99 per month, which is much lower than some of its competitors.
If they chose this lower price to enter the gate or as a reflection of their limited game library, we're not sure. However, the annual income of less than $ 60 is a huge advantage for the Apple team.
Of course, one of the biggest questions for consumers is what kind of games can they play on the Apple Arcade system. So far, no large-scale AAA games have been announced. However, this does not mean that they do not have an interesting poster in their works.
Most games are indie games, so look forward to some weird designs and interesting gameplay. However, some recognizable titles are included. PacMan Party Royale will bring everyone's favorite disco circle to the screen, while Sonic Racing will let you cruise on four wheels with the famous hedgehog.
Some of the most interesting games are new versions of the classic game Beyond a Steel Sky; Exit the dungeon, where you have to escape from a collapsed dungeon with new puzzles and obstacles at every turn; and Sneaky Sasquatch, which allows you Realize the fantasy of living like Sasquatch. The
Apple Arcade controller will not be released with the platform. On the contrary, if you play through Apple TV, you will be able to use a PS4 controller or an Xbox One controller.
's cross-platform work means that many games can be played on the touch screen, so they can be run on smartphones. and tablets, as well as Macs and televisions. Once
is released, Apple Arcade will provide a host of features for users to use.
You only need to pay a monthly subscription fee ($ 4.99). There are no such nasty paid games that require you to invest a lot of money to enjoy them. There will also be no advertisement or a fee to remove them. This is a big problem, especially for smartphone gamers, because these are the biggest problems that are still common in this part of the gaming industry.
According to Apple, all the games you visit in Apple Arcade will also be playable offline. Although they have not announced all the details in this regard, we can only assume that you need to download the game, and then you can play any connection anywhere without worrying about the game crashing.
Is the subscription fee $4.99? Well, it includes family sharing, which means that everyone can take advantage of an Apple Arcade subscription. Therefore, for many families with a full range of Apple products, from iPhone to iPad and Macbook, they can all play at the same time.
Whether it's a conscious choice or the result of excessive competition in the marketplace, Apple Arcade will focus on indie games and big-name games. In addition to cooperating with Bandai and Namco, they will also promote more independent game content on the platform.
If you are an Apple user who likes independent games, then Apple Arcade will be your best option. However, whether it can compete with the competition (such as Google Stadia and EA Project Atlas, or even the next generation PS5 and Xbox 2) in game streaming is another matter. Its low price certainly helps, but the lack of big-name games can do more harm than good.
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