The issue in question actually dates back to iOS 8, but it started affecting more users once iOS 9 was released in September last year. The bug sees the Game Center iOS app freeze on launch, depicting a so-called “white screen of death” and remaining entirely unusable. This has been a big deal for avid iOS gamers, many of whom use Game Center to tick off achievements and check their progress.
TouchArcade now notes that it seems Game Center is up and running again since iOS 9.3.2, the minor software update released by Apple for public beta testers a few days ago.
Well, our community members who are brave enough to install iOS system beta updates have reported that Game Center is working for them again in the iOS 9.3.2 beta. Now, before we get too excited, it’s important to get a healthy dose of realism with all of this: the Game Center bug is a vicious beast, and many people on our forums thought they’d killed it, for the make it back inside a couple days. I’m cautiously optimistic, but by no means ready to form the group and declare the Game Center bug fixed.
Everything looks promising so far (although my own iPhone, running iOS 9.3.1, doesn’t seem to be affected by the bug, so I haven’t been able to test if the public software update fixes the issue as expected).
While we don’t generally recommend users download beta software onto their iOS devices, this news may persuade gamers desperate to access Game Center to take the plunge, be brave, and sign up for the beta software program. from Apple. Mind you, since this is a minor update, rather than a major release, I don’t think it will be long at all until iOS 9.3.2 leaves beta public and launches for the rest of us. And when it does, it does indeed seem like the white screen of death will be a thing of the past…we hope.