Apple’s new gaming service Apple Arcade was launched on iOS 13 for iPhone yesterday but Mac users will have to wait until later in the Fall to experience it.
Although there is no official release date, it seems likely that Apple Arcade for Mac will be part of macOS 10.15 Catalina when it’s released in October.
Apple Arcade is Apple’s answer to gaming platforms like Valve’s Steam and Microsoft Origin and is the company’s first big attempt to get a foothold in the world of gaming.
Gaming in general on Mac has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years with Mac compatible eGPUs allowing even older Macs to play VR games and use VR headsets on macOS.
It’s probably that Apple Arcade will eventually add VR games to the titles available especially in light of Valve’s decision to drop support for VR gaming on Mac.
Apple Arcade will be fully integrated across Apple devices so that users will be able to play games on their iPhone, iPad, Apple TV pause them and then continue playing on their Mac later.
Apple Arcade costs $4.99/AU$7.99/AED19.99/£4.99 a month per month and currently has around 100 games available although Apple says this will be expanded on a weekly basis.
Unfortunately none of them are major titles with the majority being indie games. However, some of the titles are only exclusively available on Apple Arcade such as Beyond A Steel Sky the follow up to Beneath A Steel Sky.
Other titles include Sonic Racing, LEGO Brawls and The Enchanted World.
A monthly subscription allows up to 6 family members to play games on different devices via the Apple Family Sharing feature.
You can also try a one month free trial before subscribing.
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