Apple Arcade will work across TV, Macs, iPads and iPhones. (Photo: Apple)
Apple is getting serious about gaming.
As part of its services event Monday, the iPhone maker took the wraps off its new gaming service coming later this year.
The company says it will have over 100 games for its new service, which will be playable across iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple TV. An exact list of titles was not announced, though Apple will be working with a number of notable developers, including Konami; SEGA, which will release a new “Sonic Racing” game; and LEGO, which will have a new “LEGO Brawls” game.
Pricing was not released, nor was an exact release date beyond “this fall.”
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Apple stressed that the new Arcade system, like the company’s other services, will not have ads, and that the games won’t require additional purchases in-game. The games will be playable both online and offline, with gamers able to pick up and play between the companies various devices.
Apple isn’t the first company to offer a games bundle. Microsoft currently offers Xbox users Xbox Game Pass, a $9.99 per month package that lets gamers download and play over 100 games including the “Halo” franchise, “Forza Horizon 4” and “Gears of War 4.”
Apple has dabbled in gaming before, previously launching Game Center in 2010, its take on Xbox Live for competing against other players on Apple devices. While initially it was prominently displayed as a separate app, the platform did not take off and Apple has since brought the functionality behind the scenes.
Games on the iPhone, however, have become a vibrant marketplace, with the company touting over 300,000 free and paid games in the App Store and over 1 billion gaming customers.
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