Apple Arcade Launches Early for Some Users

Apple Arcade appears to be rolling out to a handful of users ahead of its planned September 19 release date, based on a few tweets and emails sent to MacRumors.

We've also received access on one of our devices, and it appears those who are able to use ‌Apple Arcade‌ at this time are running either iOS 13 or the latest iOS 13.1 beta.


We were able to sign up for a complete ‌Apple Arcade‌ subscription, which comes with a one-month free trial. After that, ‌Apple Arcade‌ will be priced at $4.99 per month.

There appear to be right around 54 games available at launch, and we'll have a full list of titles coming soon. Games run the gamut from puzzle titles to action titles to RPGs and multiplayer games. Apple says new games will be added regularly.

Installing ‌Apple Arcade‌ games after subscribing is as simple as browsing the available game catalog, choosing a game, and tapping on the "Get" button.


Games can be downloaded and played fully offline, with no internet access required, and there appears to be no limit on the number of ‌Apple Arcade‌ games that can be installed at one time.

‌Apple Arcade‌ is set to launch in an official capacity this Thursday, and it's possible Apple will continue rolling out access ahead of that date.

Have questions about ‌Apple Arcade‌? Let us know in the comments and we'll try to answer.

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12 weeks ago

I was able to sign up for the free trial, then I went into my subscription settings and canceled the subscription so that it would not renew after the free trial period.

Instead it cancelled the subscription completely, no longer allowing me to use it, and when I try to subscribe again, the free trial option is no longer available, instead asking me to pay the $4.99 to sign up.

Maybe, if only you had read the line directly below the cancel button that says cancelling a free trial will do exactly that, you’d have known that it would do that.
Rating: 6 Votes
12 weeks ago
I noticed this too, I was able to sign up about 5 minutes ago, I’m downloading a couple games right now. I’m on iPadOS 13.1 public beta 3. AAAHHHH this is awesome.
Rating: 5 Votes
12 weeks ago

And from completely other side. Guys/girls what about to go to do something reasonable then just killing time at games?

Should I go tell people what to do in forums instead?
Rating: 4 Votes
12 weeks ago

And from completely other side. Guys/girls what about to go to do something reasonable then just killing time at games?


Why is playing games an unreasonable thing to do? It’s fun.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 weeks ago
I am one of them too!
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago

And from completely other side. Guys/girls what about to go to do something reasonable then just killing time at games?


About 67% of Americans, or roughly 211 million people, play video games on at least one type of device, with more than half of those who game, playing on multiple platforms, according to a new study released by Electronic Entertainment Design and Research. I know your profile says you're from Europe, but I bet it's not so different there. :)

Take games for what they are - just a different entertainment platform in addition to a tv show, movie, or book. :) Just like in movies, some games can be a real thinker, while others are just guilty pleasure nonsense fun.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago

I was able to sign up for the free trial, then I went into my subscription settings and canceled the subscription so that it would not renew after the free trial period.

Instead it cancelled the subscription completely, no longer allowing me to use it, and when I try to subscribe again, the free trial option is no longer available, instead asking me to pay the $4.99 to sign up.


This. It is in red letters, canceling will take effect immediately.
Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago

And from completely other side. Guys/girls what about to go to do something reasonable then just killing time at games?

Man it's 2019 and you're just now questioning video games? On a tech forum?
Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago

Does anyone know when this will be available on Apple TV and macOS? I can only get it on my phone ios13 beta right now.

End of the week.
Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago

I have a few questions:

1. Is it launching internationally, = not just the US (seems so)?

2. Are all (or which?) games utilizing Metal and not OpenGL = could I expect (potentially) good performance? I guess just download each game I'm interested in and try... Which leads me to the last question:

3. What are the systems requirements on macOS? Same for all games on the Apple Arcade service or does it vary between games? Should vary since some games are more graphically demanding than others.


Just on point 1 alone - UK here on iPhone X/iOS13 GM. Subscribed and playing here. I updated my son’s iPhone SE to iOS13 GM last week too, with the device already part of Family SHaring (iCloud Storage & Apple Music) - Apple Arcade is running on his phone too.

IPad Pro, Macbook and ATV 4K are not on any of the v13 betas so can’t test on those devices yet.
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