Apple is Killing Off The Game Center App with iOS 10

Apple has removed the Game Center app from the first betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. The change appears to be permanent, according to the iOS 10 Preview release notes. Although it’s still available in Settings, “the Game Center app has been removed,” reads the document.

That doesn’t mean that developers can no longer use the Game Center service or implement Game Center features—quite the contrary—it’s just that the user-facing Game Center app is no longer available.

There is a chance Apple could make a Game Center app available from the App Store. It is already making other stock apps available to download so that users have the ability to remove them if they’re unused, so this is a possibility.

However, it seems unlikely the company would ask developers to integrate a Game Center interface into their games if this is the case.

Game Center itself certainly isn’t dying, then, but things like leaderboards and achievements will now move into games themselves. It seems unlikely a large number of people will have used the Game Center app anyway, which is probably why it’s dying.

In addition to these changes, Apple’s software platforms now support ReplayKit live streaming of game sessions and games can support up to four game MFi controllers at the same time.



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