Google Play Pass to launch in the U.S. this week with unlocked access to 350 Android apps and games

Google Play Pass to launch in the U.S. this week with unlocked access to 350 Android apps and games
Earlier this month, the Google Play Twitter account pushed out a tweet teasing the imminent arrival of Google Play Pass. For the moment, this is Google's response to Apple Arcade, the subscription mobile video game service that features over 100 exclusive titles for $4.99 a month (following a free one-month trial). Today, Google announced that Play Pass will launch on Android devices in the U.S. this week and will be available in other countries soon.

Google Play Pass will give subscribers unlocked access to 350 apps and games. This means that there are no in-app purchases to pay for, no upfront payments and no ads. After a 10-day free trial, the cost of the service is $4.99 a month, matching the cost of Apple Arcade. But if you act now, as they say on those late-night infomercials, Google will give you the first 12 months of service for $1.99/month with the price reverting back to $4.99/month afterward. You can quit the 10-day trial at any time and cancel your subscription if the mood strikes you; once you do back out, you can no longer take advantage of the discounted price. A Play Pass subscription can be shared with up to five other family members.

So how can you find the apps and games that are covered by a Google Play Pass subscription? Good question, thanks for asking. A new Play Pass tab will soon be added to the Play Store app that will show you the apps and games available to Play Pass subscribers. And if you're browsing the Play Store aimlessly, a ticket icon will indicate which apps and games are included with a Play Pass subscription.

Once Play Pass is available on your Android device, you can start the 10-day free trial by going to the Google Play Store. Tap on the hamburger menu icon on the left side of the search bar and look for Play Pass.



1. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Nice! This will be great for my kids

2. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I will try it out for a year at $1.99 per month. After that, let's see.

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I won't be, I don't intend to spend $24 dollars in one year on mobile games, let alone $60 a year afterward. I don't play a lot of games on my phone anyways.

4. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Meh.........$24 a year for 5 people in my family to play mobile games seems like a good deal to me.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope Google Play Pass and Apple Arcade do well I hate how most games are freemium/pay to win

6. toukale

Posts: 641; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Google play pass seems like a rushed job, its so Google these days. Its simply, lets use the stuff we already have by having the users pay to remove the ads. I get the impression those guys at Google read all the Apple rumor sites and watch every Apple keynote and WWDC then have a all hands on deck meeting on how to respond to anything Apple does. This is so frustrating to me, I am so ready to move beyond the iPhone template but it does not look like Google is the one that will get us there. This is a shame, since those two platforms are so en-tranche now, it will be hard for a new player to break that mold.

9. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

"Google play pass seems like a rushed job, its so Google these days" I disagree. There were hints about Google working at this service even before we heard of Apple arcade thing. Google started with a collection of popular games and apps. What exactly is the problem with that? To me it looks like they actually did a better job than Apple. "I get the impression those guys at Google" It's a false impression. I bet you don't get this impression when Apple is in a similar situation. No, "apple took it's time to get it right". We know the story.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

As Marcwand3l said, they have been working on this even before Apple (or websites) announced it. Apple is just smarter in locking exclusive content behind another paywall forcing you to use the service.

17. oldskool50 unregistered

You're so full of you-know-what. Go away troll. Rush job. Really? Like you could rush and put this together. So funny how Samsung and google are always rushing, but Apple never rushes I guess. We know Apple doesn't rush because they intentionally hold back so they can milk idiots. How much as Apple copied from Android? Lots. How much has Google copied from Apple? Very little in comparison. You can't rush out a service like this. In fact, Google announce it in BETA as Project Stream in October 2018. "Stadia is a cloud gaming service operated by Google. It is said to be capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range...Known in development as Project Stream, the service was debuted through a closed beta running Assassin's Creed Odyssey in October 2018, with a public release planned in November 2019 in selected countries. Google had already announced this project long before APple did. Which means it's Apple who rushed to beat Google to the punch. But as usual, what Apple offers will be more limited. Only 100 games, while Google is going 350 with both apps and games. - Wikipedia-​tadia No go sit in your corner and cry a frikkin river you frikkin Google hating troll.

10. adecvat

Posts: 644; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Google copied Apple as always.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Shortsighted fanboys commenting... as always

13. baldilocks

Posts: 1535; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

...says the new guy.

14. TBomb

Posts: 1549; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think he just recreated the account. The name sounds familiar

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You are correct, I've been away for a while and I remember now why I left in the first place

18. oldskool50 unregistered

Google's Project Stream was announced in October 2018 to be ready for release by Nov 2019. Per factual information Now go stand in your corner with Toukale. Trolls of a feather flock together. Troll all you want, but it will never change a fact.

15. oldskool50 unregistered

I just won't be able to keep up with that many games. I already have 30 game son my phone and I never play them all at any one time. I don't need that much choice. Good on Google to offer something BETTER. 350 titles with games and apps is better than 100 any day. Android is just better. Bye Apple!!!

16. JayBEE

Posts: 181; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Considering most of the games are pay to win, I'll pass.

20. oldskool50 unregistered

But they won't be on a subscription service. They won't have in-app purchases. if you had actual read the article you would have seen that. Usually only a certain type of person skips to post and ever reads. Those people aren't here to substance.

19. oldskool50 unregistered

To all the Apple fanatics including the writer who is trying to make it seem Google is copying Apple. According to facts, Google announce Project Stream, which is now being marketed as Google Play Pass in October 2018. According to Wikipedia, it was to be a gaming service, allowing streaming of up to 4K and 60FPS. Apple announced Apple Arcade in March 2019. This was AFTER google already had the project running in BETA and being used with games like Assassin Creed.​a So it looks like it is Apple who rushed to get theirs out before Google did. As Google had already stated, they expected to have it up and running for public usage by November 2019. So it's basiclaly factually showing it was Apple rushing to be irst. While the trolls like Toukale are claiming otherwises. Real facts will never jive with troll facts. Please ignore such trolls. They are worthless and are only here for real tech fans entertainment. Except they are not funny. They are complete losers and opportunists. Both services will go well. What's great about Google Play pass and why it will be better, is it works cross-platform while APple Arcade likely will only work on Apple devices. Which means more people will have access to Google's option, which already makes it better. Then add the fact its 350 games and apps too, not just games. Starts off cheaper for the first year. I will sign up for the first year and take advantage of the 1.99 and since my phone actually has 512GB of storage for the price of an iPhone with 256, I actually have the space for lots of them. Download now and play later. I hope both services are successful. But the Apple fans making more false claims, I have to make sure I call them out on their usual BS.

23. geordie8t1

Posts: 305; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

the apps/games on IOS and android are rubbish any way, i mean I would be happy to pay more for some real premium feeling games that where immersive and longer then 5 minute playing time more like handheld psvita/switch/ esque, proper games instead of poor apps, for now its a pass from me

24. Demo-jay

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

Google just offering everything already on it’s store!!nothing impressive here...Apple is offering new things ...developers are in it,different studios working on premium games....doesn’t look so creative on google side
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