Today Apple announced details of its next Mac operating system, OS X 10.8, popularly known as Mountain Lion. The overall theme of this update seems to be further integration with iOS, meaning Apple will be making their Mac apps more compatible with their iOS apps. What’s of key interest to gamers is that they’re bringing a Game Center app to the Mac and enabling cross-platform multiplayer between Macs and iOS devices.
Game Center for Mac.
Game Center, of course, is Apple’s social gaming platform, featuring online leaderboards, a friends list, and online multiplayer. In the past, we’ve criticized Game Center for not offering any significant features we hadn’t already seen in other social gaming platforms on iOS. However, making iOS games compatible with Mac games is a large step in the right direction.
The only example of cross-platform multiplayer Apple has shown so far is Real Racing 2, which they’ve demoed to various media outlets. We’re hoping to see a lot more developers take advantage of this feature by the time Mountain Lion comes out this summer, and trying it out for ourselves. As far as we’re concerned, the more people we can play online with, the better.