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Google Launches Play Pass, Apps & Games Subscription Service | Apps

Google launched, on Monday (23), the Play Pass, subscription service that offers access premium over 350 games and apps. The unique platform allows the Android user to download completely unlocked apps, free from advertising or internal purchases. For now, the news is only available in the United States for a monthly fee of $ 4.99 ($ ??8.81, direct conversion) or $ 1.99 ($ ??8.30, direct conversion) in the first 12 months.

Unlike Apple Arcade, a game service launched on Thursday, Google's platform is not exclusively focused on games and covers a wider range of applications, such as the AccuWeather weather program and Facetune photo editor. Like other titles, these apps are not exclusive and are available for free from the Google Play Store. Those who subscribe to Play Pass, however, can access them free of ads and with all internal purchases unlocked.

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Google Play Pass: Premium App and Game Service competing directly with Apple Arcade Photo: News / Google

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Outperforming Apple's catalog competitor in terms of volume, Play Pass should gain new apps every month. Titles already available in the service library include games such as Terraria ($ 9.99), Stardew Valley ($ 18.99), and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ($ 13.99). Together, these apps cost over $ 75, so the Play Pass monthly fee may be attractive to some gamers.

The service is now available to US users. To make apps and games easier to find, Google has added the "Play Pass" tab to the Play Store navigation bar. Just tap on the tab to access the service-included titles, which can also be found throughout the store, identified by a special symbol.

The Google Play Family Library integrated Play Pass subscription. This allows family account administrators to share their service subscription with up to five other group members. Each person has access to an individualized experience.

There is no forecast of the Play Pass release date in Brazil.