Barring Android, Apple Arcade 'exclusives' can still appear on other gaming platforms


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Apple's $4.99/mo Arcade service is an aggressive entry into the world of gaming, especially with a library of 100+ titles available on launch. However, as 9to5Mac notes, many of the titles that the company says will be "exclusive to Apple Arcade" are also available on other platforms like PC or video game consoles.

Case in point being Sayonara: Wild Hearts, which Apple demoed during its September iPhone event. It's a title that will also be available on the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

As it turns out, game developers looking to feature their games on Apple Arcade have to comply with two restrictions. The first being that their titles would remain mobile exclusive and hence cannot be released on other mobile operating systems (i.e. Android) and secondly, these games cannot appear in another subscription service.

What's interesting to note here is that despite the Nintendo Switch being a 'mobile' gaming device, its form factor won't be stopping it from getting Arcade titles.

Apple's gaming service is set to launch next week with a dedicated tab in the App Store and comes with a one-month free trial.

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I'm already less than a fan of Apple, now I'm motivated like them even less. This selective exclusivity crap is unacceptable.

I'm not paying anyone a dime more for any subscriptions.

FIOS, Xbox Live and Sirius XM are it for me.
Mine are Netflix and YouTubeRed. Right there with you though.