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iPhone Game Center to arrive next week

iPhone Game Center to arrive next week

Apple's iPhone Game Center will launch next week.

Speaking at an Apple event in San Francisco yesterday Steve Jobs announced that a new iPhone Game Center feature will be rolling out next week.

Game Center, which will launch alongsie iOS 4.1, is being billed as Apple's version of Xbox Live, Games for Windows Live or PSN. It's essentially a hub for multiplayer game activity that includes support for social networking, leaderboards and achievements features and can be integrated into all iPhone games.

As part of the announcement, Jobs claimed that the iPod Touch is the "number one portable games player in the world" and boasted that more than 1.5 billion games and entertainment titles had been sold via the App Store to date.

Apple also unveiled a number of other features, including new iPod Touch models that include Retina displays, front-facing cameras and HD video capture.

Epic Games was also involved in the event, unveiling new Unreal Engine 3 apps that work on iDevices. Epic's tech demo, Epic Citadel, is now available on the AppStore for free, but is not compatible with first or second gen iPod Touch devices.

Epic is also working on a new UE3 game for the iPhone, a Fable-esque RPG called Project Sword which should be released in time for Christmas.

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Andy Mc 2nd September 2010, 11:02 Quote
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Epic is also working on a new UE3 game for the iPhone, a Fable-esque RPG called Project Sword which should be released in time for Christmas.

Trying to resist a smutty pork and apple joke.......

I love how they now class the portible iDevices as Gaming handsets instead of portable media devices.
CardJoe 2nd September 2010, 11:05 Quote
I love how the entire event was "iPod Touch is the best gaming device ever....here's a new game! It won't work on existing iPod Touch models!"
liratheal 2nd September 2010, 11:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
I love how the entire event was "iPod Touch is the best gaming device ever....here's a new game! It won't work on existing iPod Touch models!"

It just wouldn't be Apple if you didn't have to routinely throw out your slightly older model for the new model which isn't noticeably quicker.
TWeaK 2nd September 2010, 13:42 Quote
In their defense, the new ipods will likely be much quicker than existing ones. My girlfriend's ipod has struggled with a lot of things, and afaik the latest ipod predates the iphone 3gs in terms of hardware performance.

Now, please shoot me for defending Apple.
Jack_Pepsi 2nd September 2010, 14:09 Quote
I just messed about with this on my manager's iPhone 4 and I must say it looked remarkable. I can only hope it comes to Android as my AMOLED screen would make it look even better.

:D
yakyb 2nd September 2010, 14:57 Quote
jumping on the Microsoft base for a second how many of your are looking at win phone 7 that supports silverlight, C# and XNA
CharlO 2nd September 2010, 15:18 Quote
What a fugly image demo.

Also, I game, I don't need a social life, GTFO with the social gaming, let me alone.

BTW I do have a social life, work, friends, girl, but don't see any reason to social gaming.
reflux 2nd September 2010, 16:47 Quote
Just ran the demo on my iPhone... colour me very impressed indeed. Along with the Rage demo that was shown a few weeks ago, things are going to get very rosy indeed for iOS gaming in the next year.
docodine 2nd September 2010, 17:15 Quote
Why exclude the 2nd gen touch? I understand the first gen, it has the slowest hardware out of all iOS devices, but the 2nd gen is the same as an iPhone 1st gen and 3G..
wuyanxu 2nd September 2010, 17:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
Why exclude the 2nd gen touch? I understand the first gen, it has the slowest hardware out of all iOS devices, but the 2nd gen is the same as an iPhone 1st gen and 3G..
actually first 2 generations of touch and iPhone are all based on a horribly slow ARM9 processor. the exclusion is probably due to the lack of performance.

to be honest, the only reason Apple supports 3G in iOS 4 is due to their pricing model that sold 3G as cheap iPhone (and 3Gen ipod touch 8GB with same hardware as 2gen) if it wasn't for that, i highly doubt they will bother with a 3G/touch 2gen iOS4 release.
Woodspoon 2nd September 2010, 19:26 Quote
so that'll pretty much be iPhone 4 repackaged as iPod touch 3 which will later change to iPhone 5/iPod touch 4.
general22 3rd September 2010, 00:33 Quote
I had a go at this demo on a friends iphone 4 and it looks really good and better than anything I have seen coming out for the 3DS.
Sebbo 3rd September 2010, 01:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb
jumping on the Microsoft base for a second how many of your are looking at win phone 7 that supports silverlight, C# and XNA

I for one will be shelving my 3GS for a WP7 when it comes out, quite looking forward to it. XBox Live integration, being able to play the same save between devices, and the push from Microsoft to get turn-based games on the platform (pleeeeeeease let there be Civilisation!)
cyrilthefish 3rd September 2010, 02:34 Quote
Very interesting ( i have a HTC Desire, equivalent or arguably better hardware) But i'm not that impressed on phones being gaming systems until they re-introduce hardware controls, touchscreen-only is nice for certain things but a significant handicap on MOST game types.

i don't agree with the evolution of gaming by covering up most of the gaming screen with inept touchscreen controls as being an improvement at all...
Nexxo 3rd September 2010, 08:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
It just wouldn't be Apple if you didn't have to routinely throw out your slightly older model for the new model which isn't noticeably quicker.

I take it you speak from some basis of authority, having used both a 3G or iPod Touch and an iPhone 4, thus being able to make a reasonably objective comparison about their difference in speed.
liratheal 3rd September 2010, 09:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
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Originally Posted by liratheal
It just wouldn't be Apple if you didn't have to routinely throw out your slightly older model for the new model which isn't noticeably quicker.

I take it you speak from some basis of authority, having used both a 3G or iPod Touch and an iPhone 4, thus being able to make a reasonably objective comparison about their difference in speed.

I've used, and this list could get long:

iPod Classic/Video/Original
iPod Nano (1st generation, 2nd Generation)
iPod touch (1st generation, 2nd generation)
iPhone (All bar 3GS)
iBook (G3, G4)
Powerbook (G3, G4)
MacBook (Early C2D)
MacBookPro (Several versions, couldn't recite them all off the top of my head)

I've used my fair share of different versions, very often sequentially, to very often a very little appreciable notice in speed. The only time I genuinely said to myself "This is faster than what I've used before" was when I went iBook-Macbook Pro (For what it's worth, that list isn't perfectly sequential. Some were being used at the same time).

I base my dislike of Apples business plan on what I consider to be a fair experience with it :p

Edit: Oh, and there was supposed to be an air of "joke" in my original post, but hey :p
robots 3rd September 2010, 09:28 Quote
I love my iPhone. I think the games are pretty good, but not amazing. Amazing for a portable device maybe, but compared to what I'm used to on my PC, it's pretty far behind. I hope this new stuff can close the gap a bit.
wuyanxu 3rd September 2010, 10:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by cyrilthefish
i don't agree with the evolution of gaming by covering up most of the gaming screen with inept touchscreen controls as being an improvement at all...

well, there's no better way around it.

currently, you carry a phone in your pocket, and when you want to game, you game on it. single device in the pocket.

if there were an attachable controller, that would be 2 devices in your pocket. then going for a dedicated gaming device (eg. PSP) to save battery on the phone makes a lot more sense.


what Epic has done is to say: right, we are not going to be making FPS with this engine, we'll make RPG-like stuff. thus no need for real virtual analogue sticks. in the tech demo, there is an alternative control scheme by tapping on where you want to go on the screen. much like Monkey Island 2. and i think this method works on the touch screen, for a RPG.
liratheal 3rd September 2010, 11:09 Quote
I carry a PSP with me 99% of the time.. And a laptop, phone, etc etc.

Hell, I can see that reliably moving to two laptops in the near future.
wuyanxu 3rd September 2010, 11:29 Quote
lol, how big is your bag? how much time you got to kill on the move?

iphone in one pocket, wallet + keys in other pocket. has seen me through university without problem, no bags. occasionally take the netbook i throw into lab locker for some programming-in-lectures.
liratheal 3rd September 2010, 13:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
lol, how big is your bag? how much time you got to kill on the move?

iphone in one pocket, wallet + keys in other pocket. has seen me through university without problem, no bags. occasionally take the netbook i throw into lab locker for some programming-in-lectures.

It's not a case of time to kill, it's just a personal preference. I know most of you would run a virtual machine, but I absolutely loathe 'em, and I need a linux box. I'd rather have a bit of extra weight than run a VM box. As insane as it sounds.

Oh, and this is work related rather than uni related. Uni saw me doing much the same as you - Taking the bare minimum to exist on a technical level.

The bag, despite my temptation towards Crumpler, will probably be a Slappa Mask K.O.A - As such, pretty beefy.
Nexxo 3rd September 2010, 13:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
I've used, and this list could get long:

iPod Classic/Video/Original
iPod Nano (1st generation, 2nd Generation)
iPod touch (1st generation, 2nd generation)
iPhone (All bar 3GS)
iBook (G3, G4)
Powerbook (G3, G4)
MacBook (Early C2D)
MacBookPro (Several versions, couldn't recite them all off the top of my head)

I've used my fair share of different versions, very often sequentially, to very often a very little appreciable notice in speed. The only time I genuinely said to myself "This is faster than what I've used before" was when I went iBook-Macbook Pro (For what it's worth, that list isn't perfectly sequential. Some were being used at the same time).

I base my dislike of Apples business plan on what I consider to be a fair experience with it :p

Edit: Oh, and there was supposed to be an air of "joke" in my original post, but hey :p
I've used a 3G and iPhone 4 and found that there is a very noticeable difference in speed. With the iPod, or for that matter MacBooks at similar spec I would not really expect to find one. Then again, with those I would see no reason to upgrade from last year's model in any case. How often do you have to upgrade an MP3 player or laptop? Just because Apple releases a new model does not compel us to buy it. ;)

And same with my post. Perhaps we should use smileys more. :D Possibly a strategy for current Israel-Palestine peace talks too. :p
liratheal 3rd September 2010, 14:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
I've used a 3G and iPhone 4 and found that there is a very noticeable difference in speed. With the iPod, or for that matter MacBooks at similar spec I would not really expect to find one. Then again, with those I would see no reason to upgrade from last year's model in any case. How often do you have to upgrade an MP3 player or laptop? Just because Apple releases a new model does not compel us to buy it. ;)

And same with my post. Perhaps we should use smileys more. :D Possibly a strategy for current Israel-Palestine peace talks too. :p

Perhaps you rag your iPhone more than I do, then :p

For me, the iPhone 4 hasn't offered a noticeable difference in anything other than a nicer display.

It doesn't compel us to buy it, no, and I've not paid for a Mac since the first MBP I used (the fourth Apple laptop I've paid for, and the last), but being "The Apple guy" for work tends to leave me with a pile of Apple hardware that our customers - Who are, apparently, mildly retarded - have asked to be "sorted out", which has left me with a fairly regular use of different spec machines, of all ages, and often ragging the hell out of them for the sake of thorough testing before they go back.

I can just imagine that - "And today, in the Palestine-Israel talks, they mastered the use of the :p emoticon."
Rebourne 5th September 2010, 07:52 Quote
Holy crap! That Epic Citadel looks incredible. It's really amazing that they can do something like that on an ipod.
kempez 5th September 2010, 19:48 Quote
Well it's just a picture at the moment, I'll reserve judgement until it's a fully animated game ;)

Apple's strategy is sound business, release a little at a time and reap the profits. As I've seen in other articles, the problem is that Apple is so much the market leader and so much the innovator that there are iPod 'alternatives', but nothing else that leads the way.

I've had an iPhone since the 2G and they've all had decent improvements to them. The iPhone 4's screen is by far and away the best I've seen on a mobile device like that, nothing comes close. You can argue specs are short and things are missing, but it's a superbly capable device and does everything I want it to do: well and easily.

I'm no Apple fanboy and despite 'wanting' the gorgeous looking Macbooks and Mini's of this world, I'll stick with my ever-upgradeable watercooled PC with a superb Win 7 OS on it. The problem is though, the allure of those sexy macs is soo strong :p

I'm looking forward to some new games on the iPhone 4, but I'm not banking my hopes on replacing my MW2 fix ;)
Sebbo 5th September 2010, 21:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by kempez
Well it's just a picture at the moment, I'll reserve judgement until it's a fully animated game ;)

Actually, Epic Citadel is a fully modelled citadel that you can walk around in... basically a tech demo of the UE3 port for iOS, and it's free
Synikal Ali 7th September 2010, 12:47 Quote
I might buy an iphone someday... maybe...
gavomatic57 8th September 2010, 20:00 Quote
I'm on Gamecentre as my forum name...however there doesn't appear to be any games compatible with it yet...
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