“In just 9 months we have 50 million Game Center users. To put that into perspective Xbox Live has been around for about eight years and they have around 30 million users.” This astounding achievement was introduced at the WWDC 2011 keynote along with some changes that will be introduced in iOS 5 when it is released later this year. If you like playing games on your iDevice then the Game Center changes will make finding friends to play with much easier.
Game Center will enable you to see the friends of your friends and the scores of the games they’re playing, which will help you expand your network of gaming allies or opponents. If you need more friends to play games with you’ll also be send and receive receive friend recommendations. Once you see one of them playing a game that you want to try, you can buy it directly from within Game Center.
You’ll also have an easier way of finding new games to play, which is handy because there are so many and more coming out every day, with the new recommendations page. You’ll see featured games as well as all of the games your friends are playing.
There will also be added support for turn-based games in which each player makes a move in turn, such as Scrabble. You’ll be able to check all of your turn-based games at once to see if it’s your turn to play which will be a big time-saver.
Finally, there are other improvements in iOS 5 that will improve your gaming experience. One change is to the App Store where you’ll be able to see all of the apps you’ve purchased, even if they’re not installed on that mobile device. The new notifications will also help as they will appear at the top of the screen rather than in the middle so you won’t be interrupted if you’re in the middle of a tricky fight or challenging puzzle.
All of these changes to the Game Center and iOS 5 will make playing games and finding friends to play with even funner and easier.
See Appletell’s complete WWDC 2011 coverage.