iPhone's New Game Center Might Not Work On Your Phone

Apple's Game Center app, the social gaming software that adds friends lists, matchmaking, and unified multiplayer gaming, arrives this week with the release of iOS 4.1. Now the bad news: not every iPhone and iPod touch will support it.

Apple notes, on its newly launched Game Center page, that owners of the original iPhone, iPod touch and the iPhone 3G will be left out of the matchmaking, achievement gathering and friends list perusing party. Game Center officially supports these devices only.

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPod touch 2nd generation
  • iPod touch 3rd generation
  • iPod touch 4th generation

That's not too surprising, given the rise in apps that no longer support the iPhone 3G. The device is more than two years old, after all, positively ancient in Apple Years. The persistent Game Center app likely doesn't play well with the more meager RAM stuffed into the iPhone 3G and its predecessor. Still, sucks for us iPhone 3G owners who'd like to whore for Angry Birds achievements.

Game Center support for the iPad will launch later this year with the release of iOS 4.2.