Apple opted to roll out iOS 4.1 to the iPhone 3G without support for Game Center but a recent hack reveals that gaming app can place nice with Apple’s second generation iPhone. The Game Center app loads up without error and lets you access some of the basic features of this social gaming center including viewing your contacts and responding to friend requests. Performance is sluggish, which is not entirely unexpected given the underlying hardware of the iPhone 3G. As a result, this is a proof of concept more than a usable hack.
If you want to duplicate this feat, be ready to get your hands dirty as installing Game Center on the iPhone 3G is not an easy task. The hack requires you to download the Game Center application file extracted from the 3GS and modify some of the .plist files. In order to get it to work, all these extracted files must be SSH’ed to a jailbroken iPhone 3G running iOS 4.1. Unfortunately, modifying the app file violates Apple’s DRM so the exact changes were not revealed by source blog. If you look around hard enough, you can find the details elsewhere (cough, cough, here). If you install Game Center on your 3G just for kicks, let us know what you think. If you are not willing to jailbreak and SSH, then you can live vicariously by watching the proof of concept video below.
[Via Redmond Pie]