Apple revives and refreshes Game Center in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur

Game Center, a feature to track game progress and connect players for multiplayer gaming experiences, has long been a part of iOS.

Game Center Achievements in Settings

The feature was added to iOS 4 in 2010 and has been a key part of the game for a few years, but Apple discontinued the Game Center app in 2016 with the release of iOS 10. Game Center has remained since then, but as more than a behind-the-scenes function.

Apple’s latest software versions relaunch the Game Center, and there’s a redesigned Game Center dashboard available on iOS, tvOS, and macOS that games can take advantage of.


Start page when starting an Apple Arcade game after downloading iOS 14

Users can view their achievements, rankings and Game Center profiles directly in various games through a new in-game dashboard in ‌Apple Arcade‌ games and through the updated Game Center section in the Settings app.

gamecenter settings
Game Center now offers recurring leaderboards for current game ratings as well as leaderboards for daily, weekly and monthly competitions, as well as a feature that allows users to see their friends’ game progress. Apple will also use Game Center in ‌Apple Arcade‌ to let users see which games are popular with their friends.


Game Center in an ‌Apple Arcade‌ game

Apple encourages developers to create leaderboards, add achievements, and opt for the Game Center challenges feature for their apps.


‌Apple Arcade‌ game in the App Store listing available Game Center achievements

‌Apple Arcade‌ is getting more feature updates, such as lists of achievements you can earn in games right on the game page, filters to find new content, previews of upcoming games, and a Continuous Play which allows you to launch the games you have recently played on your devices from the ‌Apple Arcade‌ tab.