Apple Arcade: Release date, potential price, and everything we know

Apple Arcade is on the way and it'll let you play download and play more than 100 games when it arrives this Fall. The new subscription service was announced at the Apple Special Event on March 25 and Apple laid out enough details to get people excited for its curated take on gaming, though there's still a lot more to learn about how it will work. Until then, here's everything we know about Apple Arcade.

Apple Arcade price isn't set yet

The Apple Arcade price is what everybody wants to know, but it's the one big detail Apple wasn't willing to say anything about yet. It's an especially significant detail for a subscription service, since you'll be paying it over and over again, but Apple only said that it will have more to announce later. The Apple News+ service it unveiled earlier in the same event will cost $9.99 per month, so you can probably expect something in that neighborhood.

Apple Arcade release date is coming in Fall

You'll have to wait about half a year until the Apple Arcade release date arrives in Fall 2019. At least that gives Apple more time to arrange exclusive new games for the service - speaking of which, see the next section if you want to learn more about what will be available to play.

Apple Arcade games will number more than 100 at launch

If you're paying upfront for a subscription service, you want to get a lot out of it. It sounds like the Apple Arcade games will deliver with more than 100 titles to download and play. Apple says it's carefully curating the Apple Arcade selection to highlight "games that redefine games". Here's a quick list of the confirmed Apple Arcade games announced at the event, expect many more to follow.

  • Beyond A Steel Sky
  • Where Cards Fall
  • Fantasian
  • Lifelike
  • Overland
  • Hot Lava
  • Untitled Sonic the Hedgehog game

Apple Arcade streaming isn't happening, it's all downloads

This isn't Apple's answer to Google Stadia: Apple Arcade games will all download to your device and live there, allowing you to play even without an internet connection. Apple didn't mention this specifically, but the chances are very good that your Arcade library will require at least an intermittent online connection to verify you're still a paying customer.

Apple Arcade platforms will include iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac

The Apple Arcade will live on all of Apple's current major devices: iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac. You'll only need to pay one subscription to play your games across every platform, and none of them will be allowed to track any of your play data or personal information without your explicit permission.