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Google Play Pass - This is Google's answer to Apple Arcade

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Apple has with their game service "Apple Arcade“ the first mobile game flat rate for just €5 (pro month) published for the whole family. Already in January, however, the first rumors and leaks about a Google “Play Pass" on. This has now been confirmed by Google and is a bit different from Apple's Arcade.

The concept of the Play Pass is different. Instead of just betting on games, Google is including more than 350 games and apps in the pass. These then come completely without advertising and with activated in app purchases. With their subscription, Apple is also relying on exclusive titles that can only be played with Arcade. Google writes in the press release that all apps and games can still be purchased again or free of charge with advertising.

Google Play Pass

This is what the “Play Pass Hub” will look like in the Google Play Store. (Image: Google)

Google Play Pass: What Will It Include?

A complete list has not yet been published, but a few big titles have been named. Games like Terraria, Monument Valley, Risk, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic or useful apps like “AccuWeather” will be included. Overall, Google speaks of over 350 apps that should be included at the launch.

From then on, new apps and games will be added every month. Anyone who buys the subscription should then get the benefits of no advertising or those in app purchases even with apps that have already been downloaded, without having to reinstall the app. Google also wants to appeal to children and families with the subscription, which is why “family and child-friendly apps and games” will also be included.

Google Play Pass

So far, Google has only given us a small preview of the apps it contains. (Image: Google)

When is the Google Play Pass coming and how much does it cost?

Laut Google The Play Pass will start this week in the USA and will then also be launched in other countries “soon”. The price is $1.99 for the first year and then $4.99 for the second year pro Month. We assume that these will also be the euro prices. The pass can also be shared with up to 5 family members, with each getting their “individual” Play Pass.

Whether the pass - also as with Apple - for the Products, such as the pixel will be free for a year, also remains open. What do you think of the Google Play Pass? Useful or waste of money?

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Nils Ahrensmeier

Nils is very interested in mobile devices such as smartphones, wearables and headphones. He has been writing since 2019 TechnikNews - especially news and reviews. In his spare time he plays drums and piano or pursues his hobby, athletics.

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