Apple will soon introduce its own games subscription service: Apple Arcade.

It will offer more than 100 new and exclusive games to play across multiple platforms for one monthly fee. And, all in-app purchases and downloadable content will be included.

Here then is everything you need to know about Apple Arcade.

What is Apple Arcade?

Apple's games service is not, as previously rumoured, a cloud gaming platform. Unlike Google Stadia or Microsoft's Project xCloud, you won't be streaming triple-A games over an internet connection.

It's not, therefore, Apple's "Netflix of games".

Instead, it is more like Xbox Game Pass. You pay a monthly fee for access to a large suite of games that you can download and play on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Mac laptop or desktop computer.

They will be available to play offline and will not be released on any other platform - such as Android. Initially, at least.

When will the Arcade service be available?

During the launch of the new iPhone 11 family, Apple revealed that Apple Arcade will be available from Thursday 19 September as part of the iOS 13 update for iPhone and iPod touch.

However, some iPhone users have reported access ahead of the official launch. It has been released to those on the iOS 13 beta program already. So, if you don't want to wait, you can find out how to sign up for the beta here.

Owners of iPad and Apple TV will get it on 30 September, as part of the iPadOS and tvOS 13 updates. And it will be available on Mac in October, as part of the macOS Catalina update.

Once available, you will be able to access it through a tab on the App Store on a relevant Apple device.

Where will it be available?

Apple Arcade will launch across 150 countries from day one. That includes the UK and US.

How much will it cost or will Apple Arcade be free?

Apple Arcade will cost £4.99/$4.99 per month all-in. New subscribers will also get a one-month free trial period first.

That's considerably lower than the price for Apple's News+ subscription service. That costs $9.99 per month for access to hundreds of magazines and newspapers, so it's great that access to 100 games is half that.

Even better is that there will be no in-app purchasing nor adverts inside Apple Arcade games.

Apple Arcade Family Sharing

As further icing on the cake, an entire family (of up to six members) can access as many games as they want as part of the same monthly subscription, through Apple's existing Family Share feature.

Apple Arcade supported devices

Apple Arcade is designed to work on more than just iOS devices.

As well as iPhone and iPad, you will be able to play the available games on your television through an Apple TV set-top-box. They will also be available to users of an iMac or MacBook. And, iPod touch owners needn't feel left out, as it will work on that portable device too.

MFi Bluetooth game controllers will be supported by some of the games. And, as announced during Apple's WWDC keynote at the beginning of June, wireless support for PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers is coming to tvOS, iOS 13 and iPadOS in time for Apple Arcade's launch.

What games will be available on Apple Arcade?

All of the games to launch on the service will be "new and exclusive".

Apple has signed a number of key development partners, including Sega, Konami, Lego, Bossa Studios and the Cartoon Network. These will be providing games for launch and beyond, as new games will be added to the service every month.

The Arcade line-up will always be hand curated by Apple's team and will have no adverts, ad tracking nor additional purchases. Apple is also contributing to the development costs, becoming a games publisher in its own light.

Here are the confirmed Apple Arcade games (so far):

  • A Fold Apart
  • Agent Intercept
  • Assemble With Care
  • Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree
  • Ballistic Baseball
  • Beyond a Steel Sky
  • Beyond Blue
  • Big Time Sports
  • Bleak Sword
  • Box Project
  • Card of Darkness
  • Cardpocalypse
  • Cat Quest II
  • ChuChu Rocket Universe
  • Cricket Through the Ages
  • Dead End Job
  • Dear Reader
  • Dodo Peak
  • Doomsday Vault
  • Don't Bug Me!
  • Down in Bermuda
  • Dread Nautical
  • Earth Night
  • Enter the Construct
  • Exit the Gungeon
  • Explottens
  • Fantasian
  • Frogger in Toy Town
  • Grindstone
  • HitchHiker
  • Hot Lava
  • Jenny LeClue - Detectivu
  • Kings League II
  • Kings of the Castle
  • Lego Arthouse
  • Lego Brawls
  • Lifelike
  • Lifeslide
  • Little Orpheus
  • Manifold Garden
  • Mini Motorways
  • Monomals
  • Mosaic
  • Mr. Turtle
  • Mutazione
  • Neo Cab
  • No Way Home
  • Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm
  • Operator 41
  • Overland
  • Over the Alps
  • Pac-Man Party Royale
  • Patterned
  • Possessions
  • Projection: First Light
  • Proxi
  • Punch Planet
  • Rayman Mini
  • Redout: Space Assault
  • Red Reign
  • Repair
  • Shayonara Wild Hearts
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens
  • Shinsekai: Into the Depths
  • ShockRods
  • Skate City
  • Sneaky Sasquatch
  • Sonic Racing
  • Spaceland
  • Speed Demons
  • Spek
  • Spelldrifter
  • Spidersaurs
  • Spyder
  • Stellar Commanders
  • Steven Universe: Unleash the Light
  • Super Impossible Road
  • Tangle Tower
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Bradwell Conspiracy
  • The Enchanted World
  • The Get Out Kids
  • The Pathless
  • The Pinball Wizard
  • Tint
  • Towaga: Among Shadows
  • UFO on Tape: First Contact
  • Various Daylife
  • Way of the Turtle
  • What the Golf?
  • Where Cards Fall
  • Winding Worlds
  • Word Laces
  • Yaga