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Apple Arcade is already here three days early: How to sign up now

The gaming service, set to launch Thursday, is available now in the iOS 13 public beta.

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Apple Arcade across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV

The Apple Arcade public beta has launched.

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You don't need to wait till Sept. 19 to check out Apple Arcade. Apple's new gaming service is available now, three days before its official launch date, for some users who are running the iOS 13 public beta.

First spotted by MacRumors, the iOS 13 public beta lets you sign up for an Arcade subscription starting now, including the free one-month trial. Apple's family-focused service will let you play play more than 100 exclusive games across iPhoneiPadiPod Touch, Mac and Apple TV devices.

Apple Arcade beta

After signing up for the Apple Arcade subscription you get this confirmation. 

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Apple Arcade , first announced in March, costs $4.99 (£4.99, AU$7.99) a month for unlimited access, with a one-month free trial. Game add-ons and updates come with the subscription, which covers up to six family members.

Apple Arcade officially launches Thursday in over 150 countries. iOS 13 is also being made available on Thursday. The update will run on Phone 6S and later devices, the iPhone SE and the latest iPod Touch.

Key games on the service include The Enchanted World, Where Cards Fall and Shinsekai: Into the Depths.

How to sign up for the iOS 13 pubic beta program

1. Head to Apple's public beta software page.

2. If you already have an account, tap Sign In. If you're new, tap Sign up and follow the instructions.

3. You'll need an Apple ID to join the beta program, so either find yours or create one. 

4. After you sign in, tap the iOS tab and follow the instructions for enrolling your device and then installing the public beta from Software Update on your iOS device.

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How to sign up for Apple Arcade

1. On the public beta of iOS 13, head to the App Store.

2. Tap the Arcade tab.

3. If you see something about trying Apple Arcade for free, sign up and start playing.

If you see that the gaming service is coming soon, you don't yet have access to the service.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment.

Originally published earlier today.