Google Play Pass Launches for $4.99/Month to Compete with Apple Arcade

Less than a week after the launch of Apple Arcade, Google has officially launched its Google Play Pass apps and games subscription service for $4.99 USD per month in the US, with Canada and other countries to follow soon. Android users can get started with a 10-day free trial and for a limited time, subscribe for only $1.99 USD/month for 12 months.


Google says its Play Pass subscription service gives users access to more than 350 apps and games that are completely unlocked and free of ads, in-app purchases, and upfront payments. The Play Pass collection includes apps and games like Terraria, Monument Valley, Risk, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and AccuWeather.

“Play Pass helps encourage people to try new experiences they would not have otherwise,” says Maria Sayans, CEO of Ustwo games. According to Google, the service will be receiving new additions every month:

To make all of these apps and games easier to find, we’ve added a new Play Pass tab for subscribers. Play Pass apps and games can still be found throughout the Play Store–just look for the Play Pass “ticket.” All apps and games found on the Play Pass homepage or throughout the Play Store with the ticket are completely unlocked with your subscription.

Similar to Google Play Family Library, family managers can share their Play Pass subscription with up to five other family members. You can learn more and start your free trial at this link.