Last year in 2019, Google, for the Play Store, announced a subscription-based service. This is the Google Play Pass, quite similar to Apple’s Arcade and Xbox’s Gamepass. The idea behind it is that people prefer to pay for a subscription service rather than for individual titles. Now, coming to the service and at the time of launch, it offered about 350 apps and games. These were a mix of premium, exclusive and regular apps and games. How this differs from Apple’s service is that it isn’t entirely focused on the gaming bit. Sometimes people want premium apps but do not want to make a long-term investment for them.
Now, fast-forwarding to 2020 and we see Google doing wonders for the service. In order to keep its customers on board, the company has to do something in order to retain customers. Therefore, they continue to add more apps to the lineup. According to an article from TechCrunch, Google will be rolling out about 150 new apps starting today. Not to mention, these apps would have games such as Sonic The Hedgehog and Golf Peaks. Google claims that it would continue to add more and more apps to the mix in the months to come. It automatically makes it more interesting than Apple’s Arcade which currently has about a hundred titles.
Additionally, upon launch, the service was exclusive to US customers. In a surprising turn of events, the company has added a bunch of new countries that would support this service. According to the article,
…in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom, starting this week.
Existing customers are paying for the service at $1.99 per month. This was only valid for one year from launch though and afterwards, it would be charged at $4.99. As an added benefit, they have allowed users to pay upfront for a year and be charged $29.99. This would bring their total up to about $2.50 per month.