Thursday, July 26, 2012

Game Center Gets In Mac OS X Mountain Lion Released by Apple

game centerMac OS X Mountain Lion was released on July 25, 2012. It is the ninth major release of OS X. There are many words about this new operating system for Macintosh computers, some good while some bad.

Mountain Lion brings a lot of great things from iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to the Mac. With iCloud, users can connect all Apple devices together and work better. Reminders will let nothing slip your mind. Messages with iMessage takes your conversations even further. Receive notifications. Get your Mac in on Game Center.

Game Center is finally shown on Mac. Game Center is actually an online multiplayer social gaming network. It allows users to send friends requests to gamers around the world, start a multiplayer game through matchmaking, track their achievements, and compare their high scores on a leader board. First, Game Center on iOS is only supported on iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. After Mountain Lion, it is on the Mac, also.

The features offered by Game Center on Mountain Lion are Notification Center, Notes, Reminders, Messages, Dictation and AirPlay Mirroring, leaderboards, friend info, game matching, and more, just like in iPad. Compared with early versions, it seems still only has basic features, but is starkly different compared with earlier versions of Windows. Though you'll have to wait for some features, the collective changes in Mountain Lion are worth the relatively modest $19.99 price to upgrade. eg. Address Book, the ability to display and keep your Facebook friends data fresh in the newly renamed Contacts app, is coming as part of another software update this fall. Gatekeeper keeps you from downloading unsafe programs. You need to connect with Internet, so that your voice will be send to be translated at Apple servers by Dictation.

OS X Mountain Lion Game Center

For developers, is able to create multiplayer games across multiple devices with Game Kit APIs. For example you can play a game on your Mac against a friend on an iPhone or iPad -- a multiplatform approach that mimics what we're seeing in the Windows 8 preview, Windows phones, and the Xbox 360.

OS X Mountain Lion Game Center

With iCloud, we are expecting better social-networking interface. If it is able to to log in and see what you're friends are currently playing, so you can join in, suggest something else, or just see who's shirking work on a Friday afternoon, that will be great. This type of capability seems like such an obvious fit for iCloud.

Apple says Mac apps capable of taking advantage of Game Center are coming at launch but only a handful at the start. So, lets wait for Apple's next steps on Game Center!

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