New iOS 5 Game Center Gets Social, Adds Profile Photo And Achievements


One of the major features of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that has contributed significantly to the massive success of these devices has been gaming and with iOS 5, this important part of the OS hasn’t been neglected. This latest update to Apple’s smartphone and tablet operating system brings with it new features to the Game Center, making it more personalized as well as social.

From the very beginning of modern computing, gaming has been an important part of it and as computing technology has progressed, it has become more and more of a crucial component of any device, up to the extent that a good gaming ecosystem can mean the difference between its success and failure. This holds equally true for smartphone platforms. That’s why Applehas been smart enough to capitalize on it from the very beginning, providing game developers with tools to create immersive games to keep us indulged (or distracted, depending on what else we are supposed to be doing) for countless hours.


In iOS 4, Apple introduced its Game Center that acted as a hub for all your games. As is the case often with initial releases, it lacked in many aspects such as user profiles, achievement records and social interaction with other games. This lack was felt most by Xbox LIVE users who have had profile avatars and achievements for quite a while now. With iOS 5, Apple has addressed all these shortcomings.


The new Game Center in iOS 5 brings with it the capability to set your own profile photo to personalize your gaming profile. Although it isn’t quite like the animated avatar you can have in Xbox LIVE, it’s still a start and makes your profile unique.


Social features have also been added to Game Center, which will now recommend other players to you to add as friends, based on the games you play as well as on mutual friends you already have. This social interaction will let you discover new games without having to leave the Game Center, as you browse the lists of games your friends or recommended friends play.

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Last but not the least, achievement scores have been added to profiles based on your performance in the games you play. This not only lets you boast your gaming prowess to others but also allows you to assess any potential opponents by checking out their scores before deciding to compete against them. This will help avoiding getting your arse kicked by taking on an opponent too tough for you to tackle.

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With all these new improvements, the iOS 5 Game Center is definitely on its way to becoming a social hub for all your iOS gaming and with the passage of time, it might even get to rival Xbox LIVE, who knows?

This guide is part of the 10 new features in iOS 5 – the latest operating system from Apple for their iDevices.

  1. Notification Center
  2. iMessage
  3. Reminders
  4. Twitter Integration
  5. Newsstand
  6. Camera & Photos Updates
  7. Improved Game Center (Currently viewing)
  8. New Features in Safari Browser
  9. New Features in Mail app
  10. Activate iDevice without PC

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  • Mike W.

    How can you prevent Game Center from showing your friend list?

    • The exact same way that you can prevent your contacts app from showing your contacts…by not adding any!

  • Gomagpies12

    I can’t get my picture on my game center account! 🙁
    I don’t no wat to do

    • Kianaqian

      Me too 🙁 I think it’s because I have iOS 4 🙁

    • Hannah Bannah

      Wat r u ment to do all my friends have it but me

      • Bithead Goog

        Can you not upload a picture or is the photo option missing?

    • You should just have to click on the area where your picture is, and it will bring up the option to add your own photo from your library or take a photo right now for it.