Google’s $4.99/Month Play Store Pass Rivals Apple Arcade, Offers More Than 350 Games, Apps

BY Mahit Huilgol

Published 23 Sep 2019

Apple Arcade has been hogging the limelight ever since it was announced earlier this year. Android is now playing catchup and has announced “Google Play Pass.” Priced at $4.99/month, the Play Pass gives Android users access to more than 350 games and apps. It is to be noted that these games and apps will be devoid of advertisements and in-app purchases.

Unlike Apple, the apps and games offered under “Google Play Pass” are also available individually. Google is adding a multi-colored icon next to games that are available on Google Play Pass. Users will also be able to see the price for the game or app. This way they can decide whether it is worth paying $4.99/month or download selected games/apps individually.

Play Pass is coming to Android devices in the U.S. this week, and we’ll be bringing it to additional countries soon. You can get started with a 10-day free trial and subscribe for just $4.99/month. And for a limited time, you can get Play Pass for only $1.99/month for your first twelve months, then $4.99/month

According to Google, a majority of apps offered by Play Pass are games and the list includes popular gaming titles like Risk, Limbo, Monument Valley, and Stardew Valley. Meanwhile, apps like AccuWeather, Hi-Q recorder, Photo Studio Pro, Bridge Constructor Portal and much more. Google has also revealed some details about how developers will be paid. The company says that developers will be paid based on the engagement of the users with the app. Google adds that it goes beyond screen tracking to measure the level of engagement.

Our Take

You might have already noticed that the Google Play Pass has taken a leaf from Apple Arcade. The $4.99/month pricing is no coincidence. However, the similarities seem to end there. Unlike Apple, Google is offering apps alongside games. Users can also choose to buy games/apps individually. As far as developers are concerned, they are not bound by the exclusivity clause and can release the games on other platforms as well.

[via Google]