Google has confirmed previous speculation and announced the launch of Google Play game services at its annual I/O conference today. The mobile gaming platform packs many features that should be familiar to users of other setups like Apple\’s Game Center, as it features achievements, global and friends-based leaderboards and cloud saving capabilities.
Cooperative and competitive multiplayer will also be supported, and Google says that additional features like voice chat will be on the way in the future. Players can sign into the platform using their Google+ account, and will have their various saves and settings synced across devices.
Google Play game services will be available today in a number of titles, including hits like World of Goo and Super Stickman Golf 2. It’ll work on any Android device running Froyo and up, but Google also hopes to make things more universal by releasing the platform on iOS devices and the web as well. That means any player\’s high scores, achievements and saves can be accessed across platforms, although multiplayer won’t be available beyond Android devices.
Google’s I/O event is going on live right now, so if you’d like to follow along you can check out the livestream here.