Google’s equivalent to Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass has launched in the US. You can sign up now for unlimited access to a catalog of games and apps.
At $4.99 per month, Play Pass is an affordable way to access Android games like Stardew Valley and Risk or apps like Facetune and AccuWeather without having to purchase each one individually. There's also an introductory offer for a limited time in which you can get the service for $1.99 per month for the first 12 months.
If a developer's app is accepted to the Play Pass package, then their paid app becomes free for subscribers, in-app purchases are free and ads are removed. Revenue is paid out as "a royalty that incorporates time subscribers spend in their app and captures how users value all types of content."
There will be a Play Pass tab in the Play Store to help you find the app you want, and the subscription gives you access to the full versions of all included apps. An option for families to share a Play Pass subscription between up to five family members is also available. There's a 10-day free trial of the service available now, and it will be coming to countries outside the US soon.