Today's release of iOS 4.1 brought with it the first availability of Apple's long-promised
Game Center App, which provides platform-wide social gaming and networking functionality to many iPhone and iPod Touches.
Though Game Center users can currently build a profile and connect with other friends using the service, as of this writing the App doesn't list any games that support Game Center's other functions, which include Leaderboards, Achievements, matchmaking and multiplayer gaming.
Users in the Touch Arcade forums have compiled a list
of dozens of games which developers have promised will support these Game Center features.
The list includes high-profile titles like Angry Birds
, Field Runners
, Ms. Pac-Man
, and Flight Control
. It seems these titles are simply awaiting Apple's approval on updates that activate the new Game Center features.
Game Center does not currently work with the original iPhone and first generation iPod Touches. A version of Game Center for the iPad has been promised for November.
Aurora Feint, the developer of existing iOS social gaming API OpenFeint, has worked to integrate its service
with Apple's new Game Center. "Game Center and OpenFeint co-existence [will be] seamless for developers who choose to use Game Center," the company said in a May statement.