Apple’s Game Center [Updated]

Apple released iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch 1 today, and with it the much-anticipated Game Center. Much like OpenFeint, Game Center will let users compete with each other for big points and bragging rights across a number of games.

The oddity is that it launched with no supported games. I suspected that Apple would have worked with hand-selected developers like they did prior to the iPad’s release (Firemint comes to mind). I’m sure Apple is approving an onslaught of submissions right now (Touch Arcade has been keeping tabs on the process) but it’s odd that they launched the service with none.

It wouldn’t be so bad if Apple users weren’t already underwhelmed by Ping.

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Update: This is supposedly the first game with Game Center support, and I’ve played with 3 others and posted screenshots.

  1. iPod touch 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS are supported.