A new payment option has been added to Apple Arcade so you can now subscribe to the mobile game platform with a year-long subscription. The discounted annual rate is set at $49.99, which works out to saving some cash over paying the standard monthly rate of $4.99.
Apple surprised us (and seemingly everyone else) not only by launching a digital game distribution platform for mobile gamers alongside iOS 13 earlier this year, but also by filling it with a respectable library of titles and offering access for such an affordable price. For $4.99 a month, Apple Arcade subscribers currently have access to more than 100 games from 35+ developers that are playable on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, and in some cases Mac systems.
While that’s already a great value, if you plan to continue using the service for a year or longer, you can now save about $10 a year by switching your subscription to annual for $49.99 instead of monthly for $4.99. The new billing option was added recently and you can update your subscription through the App Store on an iOS device. Go to Profile > Subscriptions > Apple Arcade and then choose “Apple Arcade Annual Year” and this will be applied on the next billion date.
When paying the annual fee of $49.99, that works out to $4.17 per month, which is a nice little discount if you’ve fallen head over heels for Apple Arcade and feel confident that you’ll get your subscription’s worth by paying more up front. So far, Apple has been good about regularly releasing new content and we hope that doesn’t change, especially now that folks will be signing up for a whole year at once.
The Apple Arcade subscription supports up to six users on a single account with Family Sharing. Games are served ad-free with no additional purchases in the game—pretty sweet if you’re fed up with microtransactions. Note that the games on Apple Arcade aren’t available through the regular App Store so you’ll have to subscribe if you want to play any of them (or get them on another platform entirely. Titles include Sonic Racing, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Skate City, Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, Shinsekai Into the Depths, LEGO Brawls, and Where Cards Fall.