Apple Arcade may be the most popular game subscription, not PS Plus or Game Pass

Apple Arcade is reportedly the king of video game subscriptions thanks to its widespread availability across mobiles and other iOS-powered devices.

Apple Arcade may be the most popular game subscription, not PS Plus or Game Pass
Published Nov 10, 2022 3:06 PM CST   |   Updated Mon, Dec 5 2022 5:41 PM CST
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Apple Arcade has reportedly conquered the video games subscription charts, beating out other game services like PlayStation Plus, Xbox Game Pass, and Switch Online.

Apple Arcade may be the most popular game subscription, not PS Plus or Game Pass 77

According to figures provided by Football Manager developer Sports Interactive Games, the subscriber numbers behind Apple Arcade dwarf other competing services. SIG's Miles Jaconbson tells website iMore that Apple Arcade could have at least 100 million subscribers: "I'm told nine-figure subscribers, I have no idea if those numbers are right or not."

If accurate, then Apple Arcade is far and away the leader in the video game subscription space. Some critical context is needed here though: Apple Arcade is available on a wide variety of iOS products, all of which have a much larger installed base than the PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.

It's also worth remembering that Switch Online and PlayStation Plus are both locked to consoles for dedicated play, whereas Xbox Game Pass does offer native PC gaming play.

Both PlayStation Plus and Game Pass offer access to other platforms via streaming, however; Game Pass can stream to mobiles (and consoles/PCs), whereas PlayStation Plus can stream games directly to PC via the tech that powered its former PlayStation Now service (which has been integrated into PS Plus).

Even still, these numbers are impressive if they are accurate. Now we can see why Microsoft is so dead set on expanding Game Pass onto mobile in a more meaningful level--Microsoft has said that it wants to use the Activision-Blizzard merger as a big expansion point to power its mobile ambitions, including helping add value to its own mobile games storefront.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. 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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