Apple Revives and Refreshes Game Center in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur
Game Center, a feature for tracking game progress and connecting gamers together for multiplayer gameplay experiences, has long been a part of iOS.
The feature was added to iOS 4 in 2010 and was a key part of gaming for a few years, but Apple nixed the Game Center app in 2016 with the release of iOS 10. Game Center has stuck around since then, but as more of a behind the scenes feature.
Apple's latest software releases revive Game Center, and there's a redesigned Game Center dashboard available on iOS, tvOS, and macOS that games can take advantage of.
Users are able to view their achievements, leaderboards, and Game Center profiles directly within various games through a new in-game dashboard in Apple Arcade games and through the updated Game Center section in the Settings app.
Game Center now offers up recurring leaderboards for current game rankings along with leaderboards for daily, weekly, and monthly competitions, plus a feature that lets users see their friends' game progress. Apple will also use Game Center in Apple Arcade to let users see what games are popular with their friends.
Apple is encouraging developers to set up leaderboards, add achievements, and opt in to the Game Center challenges feature for their apps.
Apple Arcade is getting other feature updates, such as lists of achievements you can earn in games right on the game page, filters for finding new content, sneak peeks at upcoming games, and a continue playing feature that lets you launch the games you've recently played across your devices from the Apple Arcade tab.