It's a game subscription service that, like Apple Arcade, costs $4.99 per month. It's not just about games though, offering access to more than 350 apps and games that are "completely unlocked" - as in, free of ads, in-app purchases, and upfront payments.
According to Google, Play Pass offers a "high-quality, curated collection of titles", with new stuff being added every month. The service is available for Android devices, unsurprisingly, and for now in the US only. Additional countries should get it "soon". You can start with a 10-day free trial and go from there.
For a limited time, you can get Play Pass for just $1.99/month for the first year, and then $4.99 per month. This offer ends on October 10 at 11:59pm PT.
Examples of titles that you can access with Play Pass are Terraria, Monument Valley, Risk, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, AccuWeather, LIMBO, Lichtspeer, Mini Metro, Old Manís Journey, while This War of Mine and Cytus are coming soon.
There's a new Play Pass tab in the Google Play Store, that will show up for subscribers to make it easy to locate the content that's included. Elsewhere on the Play Store, Play Pass items are identified by the 'ticket' logo.
You can share your Play Pass subscription with up to five other family members through Google Play Family Library. Each member can access Play Pass individually, so no one's experience will be affected by what others have downloaded.
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Google should be able to identify which players are coming from normal Play Store vs Play Pass, so they should create dedicated 'game rooms' where only players with Play Pass can enter & play online. That should help reduce a big number of cheate...
The push to subscription model is mind conditioning people to jump in into never ending payments of SaaS/GaaS. Making upfront buying bad and promoting lifetime paying.