Apple’s cloud gaming service, Arcade, was announced earlier this year, and like all subscription-based gaming services, it’s set to launch with a long list of Apple-exclusive titles. Now, it’s being reported that access to the service will likely cost Apple’s subscribers US$4.99 (~RM21) a month.
The alleged pricing was first discovered by a staff member of 9to5Mac, who was able to get this bit of information from one of the APIs used by the App Store app. In addition to the monthly fee, the subscription will also include a 1-month free trial. Further, a subscriber will have the ability to share the account with other family members via a “Family Sharing” account.
Arcade is a unique approach to the cloud gaming industry. Where other cloud gaming services such as Steam’s Remote Play or Google’s upcoming Stadia Connect aims to provide its subscribers with triple-A PC and console titles, Apple’s own offering seems to cater to a more indie crowd. Further, Apple says that all Arcade titles will be playable on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.
As these things usually go, Apple has yet to confirm the subscription fee for Arcade, an as such, we do advise you to take this news with a pinch of salt. That said, we may not have to wait long, especially since rumours suggest that Apple’s next big event will be commencing next month.