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When you can play Apple Arcade on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV

Apple’s game subscription launches today, but it’s only on iPhone for now

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Apple’s gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, launches today, Sept. 19. The company has an ambitious plan to bring premium Apple-exclusive games to its many platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac computers. But if you were hoping to play Grindstone, Exit the Gungeon, Mini Motorways, or any of the other Apple Arcade highlights on something other than an iPhone today, you’re going to have to wait a bit.

iPad and iPad Pro owners will get access to Apple Arcade games on Sept. 30, when iPadOS officially launches. Apple TV support for Apple Arcade will go also live on Sept. 30, with the release of tvOS 13.

People who own MacBooks or iMacs will have to wait until sometime in October, when macOS Catalina is released, to play Apple Arcade games.

Apple Arcade costs $4.99 per month, and will offer access to more than 100 new and exclusive games this fall, playable on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV. Apple says the games can be played offline, and a single subscription can be used by up to six people through Family Sharing.