快公司：苹果iphone版Game Center向Xbox Live宣战
便携式手机游戏曾经是任天堂，以及每一代任天堂劲敌（比如说：世嘉Game Gear、Neo Geo Pocket、索尼PSP等）的产品专利，但这一局面将很快被苹果颠覆，因为iPhone、iPod新产品也将加入到这场地盘之争，它们将为游戏控制提供更卓越的技术支持（如触摸屏、加速器等），同时增设多种游戏渠道供玩家选择（这一点主要通过网络连接来实现）。
微软Windows Phone 7的手机游戏平台Xbox Live前脚才刚落地，苹果GameCenter就已横空出世，大有与微软一争高下之势。值得一提的是，苹果对微软宣战的消息并非空穴来风，GameCenter将于下周与苹果新款手机iOS4.1捆绑上市。GameCenter是iPone上的一个新应用软件，提供多人在线游戏服务，与Xbox Live功能类似，玩家可以使用列表中添加、选择游戏伙伴，而且它还设置了玩家积分、战绩记录系统（即所谓的“rep”）。
苹果掌门人乔布斯甚至联手Epic Games公司首席执行官Mike Capps,共同推出了一款酷劲十足的个人射击游戏Project Sword，这款开发较为成熟的游戏被认为是苹果向游戏巨头微软宣战的重要筹码之一。尽管苹果的这一动作
很可能让微软8月份高调亮相的Windows Phone 7暂时失色，但根据微软所称，Windows Phone 7并非只是可以玩游戏的手机，而是一款带有Xbox Live游戏平台强大功能的手机，因此不管怎么说，从游戏的精密性、成熟性和功能性等方面来看，在游戏行业拥有丰富实战经验的微软仍然比苹果更占优势。
Apple Game Center for iPhone Beats Xbox Live to the Mobile Punch
Portable gaming is about to completely change directions. For awhile, portable gaming was limited to devices from Nintendo and one Nintendo competitor per generation, whether it was the Sega Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket, or Sony PSP. But the iPhone and iPod Touch changed all that, with new ways to control games (touchscreen, accelerometer) and new ways to play (largely through connectivity).
Somehow, Apple has beat everyone to the punch. Windows Phone 7 isn’t even out yet, and here Apple is, announcing a competitor to mobile Xbox Live, with Game Center. Surprisingly, this wasn’t one of the rumored announcements today, but it’s welcome all the same. Game Center is will be part of the iOS 4.1 package, released later this week.
Game Center is a new app for iPhone, all about multiplayer gaming. You compile a list of friends with whom to play, just like Xbox Live, and it even has its own gamerscore or achievements system (called “rep,” apparently).
Steve Jobs even brought up Mike Capps, CEO of Epic Games, to show off a new, very cool-looking first-person shooter called Project Sword. That kind of mature gaming is just what Apple needs to compete with Microsoft, which has much more experience in gaming.
For now, this will overshadow the stand Microsoft made last month when they announced that Windows Phone 7 will take full advantage of Microsoft’s gaming success–it won’t just be a phone with some games, it’ll be a full-fledged portable Xbox, with full Xbox Live capabilities (including gamerpoints and online play). You can check out my piece on the subject here. But rest assured, Windows Phone 7′s games are a full step ahead of the iPhone’s in terms of sophistication, maturity, and sheer power.(source:fast company)