Google Play Pass: Sort of like Apple Arcade, but only in pricing


Play Pass is a new subscription service that gives you access to more than 350 apps and games that are completely unlocked—all free of ads, in-app purchases and upfront payments. Play Pass offers a high-quality, curated collection of titles from Stardew Valley to AccuWeather, with new apps and games added every month.

This feels like Google recognizing Apple’s move into services and the Apple Arcade model. It’s apps and games, not just games.

But it’s not new content. And the titles (like Monument Valley, for example) are not unique to Android or the Google Play Pass.

Is this worth $4.99 a month? Could be, if you find enough useful content. But don’t think of this as an Apple Arcade competitor. I’ve been playing a lot of Apple Arcade games, and I’ve yet to find a weak one in the bunch. And you won’t find a single Apple Arcade title on Android.