What Is Apple Arcade? An Introduction

With countless games already available on the App Store, one might wonder, "What is Apple Arcade?" Here is your introduction.

For anyone with an Apple device, there is a great way to experience a wide variety of games for a monthly subscription.

We take a closer look at Apple Arcade and what to expect when you subscribe to it.

What is Apple Arcade?

Think of Apple Arcade as a kind of Netflix for games. There are nearly 200 different tracks that you can play on your Apple device, be it a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or even an Apple TV.

The games available range from simple and family-friendly titles to more complex simulations. In general, there is something for everyone to experience and enjoy, even if you are not a huge gamer.

All games are accessible on the above platforms via their respective app stores. And the good news is that Apple is regularly adding new games to make the service even better.

How much does Apple Arcade cost per month?

You can subscribe to Apple Arcade for $ 4.99 per month. With a subscription you can download and play every single game on the service. And none of them have additional paywalls or in-app purchases.

The good news is that Apple Arcade is offering Family Sharing for free. That means you can share the subscription with up to five other family members, making it an even better deal for multiple users to experience all of the game action.

You can take advantage of a month-long free trial of Apple Arcade to try it out and see if it's right for you.

Just note, Apple Arcade is also included in all current Apple One bundles. You should definitely consider these if you want to subscribe to more than one Apple service like Apple TV + and Apple Music.

Depending on which option you choose, you can save up to $ 25 per month by buying a bundle instead of buying all the services individually.

Related: Apple One Explains: What Is It And How Much Does It Cost?

Are Apple Arcade Games Exclusive?

In most cases, games aren't exclusive to Apple Arcade. You can find many of the titles on other platforms like Nintendo Switch and Steam.

One place you can't play games that you see in Apple Arcade is on Android.

But the good news is that with subscription pricing, it's definitely a better deal to play on Apple Arcade than on other services.

Can you play Apple Arcade games offline?

This is one of the best features of all Apple Arcade games: once downloaded, any title on the service can be played offline without an internet connection.

This makes Apple Arcade perfect for anyone who wants to be entertained on a long plane trip or car trip with spotty or non-existent service.

Do Apple Arcade Titles Need a Controller?

For anyone with a wireless game controller, the good news is that the vast majority of Apple arcade titles can be played using a controller.

This brings a different level of control to your gaming experience, especially when playing on the Apple TV's big screen. Some titles require a controller.

Related: How to Connect a Game Controller to Your iPad or iPhone

How to subscribe to Apple Arcade

Getting started with Apple Arcade takes just a few steps. Make sure you have the latest software update installed on your Apple device.

If you're using a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, open the App Store app and select the arcade Tab. There is a special Apple Arcade app on Apple TV. You choose the Try it for free Tab to start your subscription.

Related: How to Start Playing Games Using Apple Arcade

Have fun playing with Apple Arcade

If you're looking for a fast, affordable gaming solution with a wide variety of options, you can't go wrong with Apple Arcade with family sharing and offline gaming.

But if you're still on the fence about subscribing, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Will Apple Arcade be worth it in 2021?

Apple Arcade has improved since launch and there are more games available to play. So is it worth stopping by in 2021?

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Brent Dirks
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Born and raised in sunny west Texas, Brent graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in Journalism. He has been writing about technology for over 5 years and enjoys everything Apple, accessories, and security related.

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