iPhone Game Center to arrive next week

Written by Joe Martin

September 2, 2010 // 10:47 a.m.

Tags: #apple #epic-citadel #game-center #iphone #iphone-game-center #ipod #project-sword #retina-display #ue3

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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