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Apple's new game service is like Game Pass

Apple's new gaming service is like Game Pass, not like Stadia

Derek Strickland | Mar 24, 2019 at 2:33 pm CDT (1 min, 43 secs time to read)

Contrary to previous reports, Apple's new game service won't be based around cloud streaming. Instead Apple is taking pages from Microsoft's playbook.

Apple's new game service is like Game Pass |

Apple is slowly shifting into a service-oriented company, and gaming will be a big part of this focus. According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino-based tech titan isn't making a game-streaming service like Google's new Stadia platform. Apple's gaming service will be a premium subscription that's a lot like Xbox Game Pass, which gives users access to a pool of titles for a monthly fee.

Sources say Apple will only let higher-end paid games on its new service, not freemium microtransaction-ridden titles. Apple is expected to neatly wrap up the best App Store games in a subscription for mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. A unique revenue sharing incentive is also included: the more time gamers spend in a particular game, the more money Apple gives them.

This move makes a lot of sense as it not only leverages Apple's existing might and platforms, but also aims to follow Microsoft's wildly successful Xbox Game Pass. The idea is that devs can now make money from their games without actually selling them, which also brings exposure to certain titles, as well as arming Apple with a recurring subscription that earns cash over time.

The company has yet to confirm its plans, but we may hear more during tomorrow's big Apple showcase at 10AM PST.

Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 04:44 pm CDT

Derek Strickland

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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