Google has introduced an app subscription service for games and apps on the Google Play Store. Dubbed Play Pass, users will be able to pay a fixed sum of money per month for access to full versions of any apps or games included in the program.
“Play Pass is a new subscription service that gives you access to more than 350 apps and games that are completely unlocked—all free of ads, in-app purchases and upfront payments,” Google’s Austin Shoemaker said on Monday. “Play Pass offers a high-quality, curated collection of titles from Stardew Valley to Risk, and Facetune to AccuWeather, with new apps and games added every month.”
Play Pass is highly reminiscent of Apple’s Arcade, a gaming-specific subscription service Apple introduced with iOS 13. Of course, with iOS having high-quality games and Google lacking them, it is just as likely that Google couldn’t replicate Apple Arcade if it wanted to.
Play Pass is available for $4.99 a month, but users who sign up early will get it for $1.99 for the first 12 months. It’ll roll out first in the US, and other countries within the coming months.