OS X Mountain Lion adds Game Center, iOS cross-platform multiplayer

Just six months after the launch of Lion, Apple has announced yet another iteration of its OS X operating system. Codenamed Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8 will be available to download from the App Store this summer.

The new OS will continue adding features now standard on Apple's other operating system, iOS. Perhaps the most important addition (at least to us) is Game Center.

Game Center is a gaming social network that was previously exclusive to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users. However, the addition of Game Center to Mountain Lion will enable cross-platform multiplayer across all of Apple's supported devices: Mac versus iPhone, iPad versus iPod, Mac versus Mac, etc.

According to Apple, an updated API will be available for developers that will make it "easier than ever" to create OpenGL apps that work across Apple's portfolio of products. TechCrunch concludes that, as such, "you can probably expect a rush of iOS games being ported to the Mac by this summer."