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Like Google Stadia, the world leader in gaming is making a move

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Apple, thanks to in-app purchases which earn more on iOS than with the Google Play Store or the PlayStation Network, is the world number one in gaming in terms of revenue. So much so that the company recently launched Apple Arcade, its catalog of games now costing 6.99 euros per month and providing unlimited access to more than two hundred titles. This is not an app in itself, but a subscription: users must install each game on their device. iPhone, iPod touch, Apple TV or even iPad and Mac are compatible. But recent testimonies from developers who have worked with the Apple firm ensure that the platform is losing momentum. It is even rumored that the offer could disappear!

As usual, the Cupertino giant has not confirmed the information at all. If, however, this is the case in the days to come, it will not be the first time that a company project ends up in oblivion. So, of course, Apple is discounted much less than Alphabet, for example. But recently, among the publisher's failures, we can cite the case of the AirPower wireless charger, abandoned even before its release, or the Aperture software, which will expire in 2015.

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An ideal value proposition ?

Until now, Apple Arcade was looking pretty good. The offer is offered completely without advertising, and new games are added very regularly. Among these, we can notably cite the case of the virtual reality versions of Fruit Ninja or even of Jetpack Joyride, already very popular with users of the new Apple Vision Pro mixed reality headset. The device still costs a whopping $3,499 in the United States (no price for France at the moment).

< p>Three months of subscriptions are offered to those who sign up for Apple Arcade after purchasing an Apple device. But the mount running visionOS is not announced as compatible (it seems): to take advantage of the offer, you must choose either an Apple TV, an iPhone, or an iPad, or a Mac. Provided that the device is new and obtained from an official store or from an approved partner, and compatible with the latest generation of its operating system.

Apple Arcade is also integrated into the Apple One bundle offer, an alternative to Google One also integrating online storage (iCloud+), streaming (Apple TV+), video sports classes on demand ( Apple Fitness+) or even unlimited music (Apple Music) and news (Apple News+).

Other brand licenses are available on Apple Arcade

Among the other titles available on Apple Arcade today, here are some of our favorites:

  • Sonic Dream Team
  • Doctor Who: Hidden Mysteries, with the last doctor on display
  • Football Manager 2024 Touch, a good one alternative to FIFA
  • NBA 2K24 Arcade Edition, also available in virtual reality with Apple Vision Pro
  • Hello Kitty Island Adventure, for the youngest
  • Angry Birds Reloaded (do we really need to introduce it?)
  • Mini Motorways
  • Sonic Racing
  • Asphalt 8: Airborne+
  • Crossy Road Castle
  • Cooking Mama: Cooking!
  • Subway Surfers Tag
  • PAC-MAN Party Royale
  • Warped Kart Racers, with Family Guy characters behind the wheel
  • Cut the Rope Remastered
  • Solitaire by MobilityWare+

A dedicated section of Apple Arcade allows you to find out more and discover the titles that will soon be added to the platform. The developers tackling the offer in the recent file that we mentioned previously, however, explain that new releases are particularly rare, and this is precisely what worries them.

Otherwise, be aware that Amazon also offers an in-house alternative with its Luna+ service already offering more than a hundred titles on display, such as Lego Fortnite, Batman Arkham Knight or Monopoly Madness and Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Ubisoft+ is also accessible via Jeff Bezos' service.

  • Apple Arcade is on the verge of disappearing, according to developers third party
  • Apple has not confirmed this information at this time and titles have just been released on the Vision Pro
  • Apple Arcade costs 6.99 euros per month, and presents itself as an alternative to Google Stadia or Amazon Luna+

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116