04 December 2019
Google has officially released Play Pass game subscription service after releasing an official teaser about two weeks ago. It is a service that will allow users to access various Android apps and games without any ads or in-app purchases. They will be able to use full versions of those selected titles in exchange for a fixed monthly fee which is $4.99 per month.
Play Pass is going live with more than 350 Android apps and games spread across a wide range of categories. There are titles from well-known as well as indie developers. Play Store now has a new dedicated tab for Play Pass which shows a complete list of all the apps/games that are part of the service. Alternatively, all the included apps will have a "ticket" icon next to them elsewhere on the Play Store so that you can know if it is included in the subscription or not.
Some of the titles that you can access are Terraria, Monument Valley, Risk, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, AccuWeather, LIMBO, Lichtspeer, Mini Metro, and Old Man’s Journey. Google says that it will be adding more and more new titles each month so that the catalog keeps on expanding for the same price. In other words, it is similar to Netflix but aimed at apps and games.
As per the announcement, Google Play Pass is currently available only in the United States with international availability scheduled for "soon". It is priced at $4.99 per month but there is an introductory offer of $1.99 per month for the first year. This special offer can be availed until October 10th. The service also supports family sharing where a single subscription can be shared among five family members.
The service is similar to Apple Arcade but with a few changes. The biggest change is that Google is offering both apps and games as compared to Apple restricting to games. Apple is further helping developers financially in developing exclusive titles for the service but Google is not doing anything like that. The pricing of both services is exactly the same in the United States.