After Apple Arcade, the Google launched on Monday (23) its game subscription service. Baptized Play Pass, it offers access to a library of 350 games (and apps) for Android through a $ 4.99 monthly subscription in the United States.
Play Pass is a broader service than Apple’s: it also releases paid apps on Android, not just games. And, according to the The Verge, the model is different: there is no direct investment by Google in the development of software, nor exclusive agreements.
Most of the Play Pass titles are popular games, such as Monument Valley 2, Limbo and Terraria, in addition to the addictives Stardew Valley, Pocket City and Mini Metro. Only these last three games, which took many hours of my life, together cost another R $ 35 in the Play Store, so the subscription price can be quite attractive for some people.
There are also apps like AccuWeather with ads removed, the Hi-Q Pro Voice Recorder and the tool for Tunable musicians. At the Play Store, the three cost R $ 12.99 each. They will continue to be available for individual purchase on Google Play for those who do not want to subscribe to the new service.
And how are developers going to make money? Google does not disclose many details, but says the remuneration will be based on user engagement with Play Pass apps and games. Without explaining much, the company says that more than just screen time or number of executions will be monitored.
For now, the Google Play Pass it is available in the United States only, with a monthly price of $ 4.99, or $ 1.99 for the first 12 months; you can share your subscription with up to six family members. Other countries will receive the service “in the coming weeks”. Wanted by Tecnoblog, Google reported that there is still no forecast for launch in Brazil.
For iOS users, Apple launched Apple Arcade on Thursday (19) with over 100 exclusive games and a monthly subscription of $ 4.99 in the United States, or $ 9.99 in Brazil. It offers titles like Frogger in Toy Town, from Konami; Shinsekai: Into the Depths, from Capcom; and Sayonara Wild Hearts, by Annapurna Interactive, all without ads or in-app purchases.