The newest version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, has just gone live on the Mac AppStore. This new update, priced at just £13.99 in the UK, brings several little changes but the most pertinent to our interests is the addition of Game Center. For the first time, the gamer’s social hub makes the leap from iOS devices to larger systems but, by all accounts, it’s quite a basic implementation.
Users of iOS will be used to the fairly simplified approach Apple took to their gaming friends and leaderboards system. Mac Users will now also be able to make use of Game Center’s friend system, leader boards and game matching. It’s all presented like a casino table, as Apple’s attachment to skeuomorphism continues.
Unfortunately, the current systems in Game Center are still very basic. You won’t be able to see what friends are currently playing, for example. As far as we know, it doesn’t sync to iOS versions of the system, either. That seems odd, given the prevalence of iCloud in all of Apple’s current strategy.
Hopefully this is just an early attempt at Game Center and we can hope to see wider systems implemented for those Mac AppStore games you’ve all been buying. In the meantime, don’t forget that there’s plenty on Steam that’s now Mac compatible!