This years Apple Event was like no other before it. Apple’s took the world by storm with the announcement of a whole new TV and Movie streaming service packed with originals, created by big names such as Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. PLUS a new gaming subscription service offering a wide range of exclusives. Let’s jump into the details:
Years of speculation have passed and now it’s finally official. Apple have announced the launch of their own streaming service which is set to rival others such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.
- Apple TV Plus will be a subscription based service and is described as ‘the new home for the world’s most creative storytellers featuring exclusive original shows, movies and documentaries’.
- The service will be completely ad-free with all content available to download and watch offline, it will feature a wide range of channels available such as HBO, CBS, Showtime and many more, you only have to pay for the ones you want.
- Apple plan to launch the service in over 100 countries at some point this fall but have not yet announced how much it will all cost.
There’s a wide range of new originals coming to Apple TV Plus with Apple reportedly spending over 2 billion just on bringing these originals to life. Here are a few of the big ones:
- Steven Spielberg has created an ‘Amazing Stories’ series which is a reimagined version of the 1980’s series and will explore the world’s wonders through the viewpoint of contemporary filmmakers, writers, and directors.
- Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell announced a series titles ‘The Morning Show’ which is described as “an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning.”
- Plus a new 10 episode drama which is set in the future is also on the way with Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard to star.
- Even Oprah has two documentaries being released, one which looks at work place sexual harassment and assault and another on mental health.
Apple have also announced their new subscription based gaming service named Apple Arcade.
- It’s an ad-free service which is packed with games that are only exclusive to apple.
- The service works in the way that you will download the games straight from the app-store and play them from all your devices, so you can play them offline and simply try any game whenever you want and carry on playing no matter what Apple device you decide to use.
- Apple have promised over 100 new and exclusive games will be added to Apple Arcade and games already on the App Store will also be included.
- Because all of the games are exclusive, you won’t find them anywhere else on any other platform or subscription service.
- Apple also said that all content and features will be available so no in-app purchases meaning you won’t have to spend any extra cash after paying the subscription fee, plus there’s no ads so thats also a win.
- Apple Arcade is set to release in over 150 countries this fall and while no pricing has been revealed yet, Apple have confirmed that access for up to six family members will be available meaning you can share your subscription with others.
Apple are working with a huge amount of big brands and game developers to bring an endless amount of exclusive games to Apple Arcade. Brands such as SEGA, Disney, Cartoon Network, Lego and Skybound are all working with Apple to bring their games to life.
- A few titles already announced were ‘Where Cards Fall’ which is described as a captivating narrative puzzle that’s also a coming-of-age story.
- There’s also ’The Pathless’ which follows a hunter and an eagle explore a vast forested island to dispel a curse that grips the world.
- Then there’s even a Lego game titled ‘Lego Brawls’ which will be available, it’s a multiplayer game where you create your own characters and battle/collaborate with others in order to win. You can find the full list at the official Apple Arcade Website.
An interesting future for gaming:
This is interesting and exciting news for the gaming industry as we now have another platform popping up offering a subscription based package that gives people access to a vast library of games accessible virtually anywhere. Google are doing something similar through their cloud-based gaming service titled Stadia. It will be interesting to see how successful Apple Arcade ends up being, if successful at all.