This year’s WWDC keynote has drawn to a close, and while it wasn’t filled with any life-changing news, it did see Apple revealing some pretty interesting items. An upcoming version of the MacBook Pro with a retina display, for example, as well as several tweaks and features for the iPhone and iPad coming in the form of iOS 6. They didn’t forget about gaming, though, as evidenced by the reveal of Game Center’s forthcoming arrival on Mac.
Apple has decided to bring Game Center across from the iPhone and iPad to Mountain Lion. The feature works much in the same way as it does on iOS devices, with users being able to sign in and keep a track of games currently being played, plus stats and scores being offered up via custom profiles.
Game Center for Mountain Lion will feature Mac to Mac support, as well as cross-platform support between Macs and iOS. On stage at WWDC, Apple demoed how two players could compete in the same game across an iPad and Mac. Amusingly, the company had its own fake version of The Stig from popular motor program Top Gear, dubbed Racer OS X.
If you made use of Game Center on iOS, expect to get even more use out of it now that it’s made the jump across to Mountain Lion. It’ll be interesting to see what cross-platform titles Apple and third-parties can cook up in the near future to leverage the service. Expect it to be included with Mountain Lion when it’s released next month.
As with all forms of tech, the importance of Game Center on Mac rests heavily on how much developers choose to support it. If we only see a handful of games offer cross-platform play, that could spell big trouble for Apple . But why be cynical when we’ve no real proof of how things will turn out? Let’s all stay optimistic in the meantime, and look forward to some awesome new gaming experiences. Keep an eye out for this one as part of Mac’s new Mountain Lion OSX release in July.