Apple Arcade launches on September 19th and costs $4.99 per month

Joanna Estrada
September 11, 2019

Apple today revealed more about its upcoming Arcade game service as part of its September reveal - namely that the service is closer to launch than we ever realized.

The first name Apple dropped today was Konami, which is bringing a new Frogger game to Apple Arcade.

Taking a lead over Disney that is likely to unveil Disney+ service on November 12 for $6.99 a month, Apple TV+ will offer a powerful and inspiring line-up of original shows, movies and documentaries, including "The Morning Show", "Dickinson", "See", "For All Mankind" and "The Elephant Queen".

Numerous games available on Arcade will be adaptations of existing well-known titles, alongside games exclusively in development for Arcade. There's a few common themes Apple is spreading across both services: they will be ad free, sharable with up to six family members, and cost $4.99 per month.

Apple initially revealed Apple Arcade during its entertainment-focused event earlier this year.

If you've been waiting for an Apple Arcade sub to get your game on, you'll have just 9 days to go.

Sayonara Wild Hearts on Apple ArcadeMany of Arcade's games will be exclusive to the platform.

Apple showed off two exclusive games coming to Apple Arcade during its keynote presentation.

The service will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.

By offering a lower subscription fee, it's likely that Apple is trying to find a competitive foothold in a pretty packed market - with the likes of Xbox Games Pass and PS Now already out there, and Google Stadia on the way, even Apple Arcade could have trouble becoming established. Apple may have scale when it comes to devices in pockets, but these competitor services offer the biggest and newest games - alongside indies. Check out more of our coverage from the Apple 2019 fall keynote here. The second, by Capcom, is an underwater platformer game. Users can download any title they want, letting you play offline. Current Apple device owners won't be grandfathered into the deal.

The Enchanted World - A game where players save a magical world from developer Noodlecake.

Apple Arcade is an interesting gamble for the iPhone maker, as it has traditionally taken a laissez-faire approach to gaming.

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