Apple recently launched the Apple Arcade in Malaysia, with it being the world’s first video game subscription service (think of it as a Netflix or Spotify for video games) where you can currently play over 100 new, high-quality and exclusive games with a monthly subscription fee of RM19.90 - on all the latest Apple devices. Yes, you read it, exclusivity means that you won’t be able to find the games on any other mobile platform or subscription service.
The Apple Arcade is meant to create the best possible gaming experience for Apple users, where the service is available across the latest Apple devices, namely the iPhone (running iOS 13), iPad, Mac and Apple TV. This means you could play an Apple Arcade game on-the-go on your iPhone, and continue where you left off at home via the Apple TV. Effectively, Apple Arcade games are compatible with mobile, tablet, computer and home TV.
The video games made available for download through the Apple Arcade are only going to be released in the subscription service and nowhere else. The games were carefully curated by Apple themselves in order to ensure only games that are unique and high-quality would be released via the service, while creating a diverse range of games to cater to gamers with interests in different genres such as action, adventure, puzzle, casual and simulation. You can also use PS4 and Xbox controllers to play the games.
Once you subscribe to the service, you will be able to access and download the full version of every game including all updates and expansions, without any ads or additional in-game purchases. All of the downloaded games are playable offline to let users enjoy them anytime and anywhere.
To access Apple Arcade, just open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and tap on the new ‘Arcade’ tab. Apple Arcade is now available with a one-month free trial and allows family sharing for up to six people.
After this, the next game subscription to look out for is the Google Play Pass, Google's answer to the Apple Arcade, though there is no news on when it will reach Malaysian shores yet.