The 2011 WWDC is up and running at the moment and Scott Forstall has just been talking about Game Center for iOS 5 that ships this fall. He started off by celebrating some key numbers: Game Center is only available since 9 months and already has 50 million users. The number itself is already impressive, but stands out even more if you compare it to Microsoft’s Xbox Live, that, after about eight years, has around 30 million users.
Forstall kept on talking about further improvements to Game Center. Apple is pushing the social aspect of this service. You’ll be able to dig deep into highscore lists of your friends’ friends, get friend recommendations and also game recommendations. You’ll also be able to purchase new games right within Game Center.
Unfortunately nothing was said about save game management. I’m still hoping that this is a feature that’s tied to the new iCloud service and we’ll be hearing about it in a few minutes.