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Apple bars Game Center from iPhone 3G and old Touches

iOS update means no legacy device support for social networking functions

Apple has revealed that its anticipated Game Center multiplayer and social networking features will not be supported by the iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod Touches.

Game Center is to be IOS devices' equivalent to Xbox Live, offering a friends system, achievements and leaderboards.

OpenFeint had achieved some traction with something similar in a number of iPhone games, but Game Center will be built into the upcoming 4.1 version of the firmware and thus available cross-game.

The release of a developer beta of said firmware has uncovered the new restriction (as reported by Endagadget) – meaning that multiplayer features will be denied to owners of the two-year-old Apple devices.

Game Center will, however, be available on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the third-generation Touch, and the iPad.

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