Apple Arcade gaming service now available for some ahead of Thursday launch

Early reviews of Apple Arcade started surfacing this morning, and now some iOS 13 users have been granted early access to the service. Apple Arcade is officially set to launch on Thursday, September 19th.

If you’re running the iOS 13 or iOS 13.1 beta, you can head to the App Store and tap the “Arcade” tab along the bottom. If you’ve been chosen to access Apple Arcade early, you should see a “Try it free” button. It’s unclear if today’s availability is limited to only beta testers.

Once you tap “Try it free,” you’ll go through the sign-up process for Apple Arcade, which includes a 1-month free trial. Apple also emphasizes that the subscription is accessible to others via Family Sharing.

After you’ve completed the signup process, you can start browsing through Apple Arcade games. Games are divided into various categories, while Apple has also prepared editorial content for certain titles – much like it does in the App Store.

Here’s a cool look at all of the games from 9to5Mac reader Andy:

Apple Arcade isn’t yet accessible to everyone, whether you’re running an iOS beta or not. Apple seems to have chosen a select portion of beta users to try the service out ahead of Thursday’s release.

Early reviews of Apple Arcade have been positive, with users praising the collection of games as well as the value of $5 per month. Apple Arcade will be accessible on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV – and will support using an Xbox or Playstation controller.

Apple Arcade will launch to everyone this Thursday, September 19th. The service was first announced back in March, with Apple confirming availability and pricing last week. Do you plan on signing up for Apple Arcade? Let us know down in the comments!

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Thanks, Rick and Andy!

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