GOG Galaxy 2.0 Solves One Of PC Gaming’s Biggest Problems

GOG Galaxy 2.0 may be the solution to your client-related irritations with PC gaming. We take an inside look at the closed beta to show you how it all works.


we're halfway through 2019 and PC gamers are beginning to lose their patience with juggling multiple clients when they just want to find and launch their games trying to figure out which EA games was shifted from Steam to origin at tackling you play and remembering which games are now epic Store exclusives has been a cause of frustration for PC players but there may be a solution answer GOG galaxy 2.0 which promises to unify all of your PC games into one very pretty client I began using GOG galaxy when The Witcher 3 first came out and while I loved the drm-free capabilities the platform itself was buggy and generally not a great user experience but GOG galaxy 2.0 looks to be a vastly improved addition and as the beta isn't open to everybody yet here's an inside look the first thing which is really apparent is that GOG galaxy 2.0 is gorgeous the visual and functional overhaul is impressive and heavily customisable importing your games creates an insightful and intuitive overview of your collective PC gaming library and your PlayStation and Xbox libraries for that matter currently it's not possible to import any Nintendo games but for games on every other platform you're able to view your achievements hours played and friends stats among other things you can also explore your entire gaming library using custom filters and such parameters the closed beta doesn't contain every planned feature and as it's being constantly updated there are certain things that don't work as intended there are general bugs some missing trophies and progress and galaxies can occasionally lose its connection to certain clients but these problems don't outweigh the advantages of the platform especially how it enables the integration of all of your clients into one this requires some setup as you need to log into each of your clients to connect them to galaxy but if you don't consider capture software to be your arch-nemesis like I do it's pretty painless finishing the process rewards you with a comprehensive goldmine of your own data and a client that will never again have you scratching your head trying to remember what platform Mass Effect 2 is on once you link your platforms your library Auto populates with art playtime stats and achievements I found with some lesser-known games there could be gaps where art is missing but icon and background art can be imported straight from your computer you can boot games from GOG galaxy 2.0 but you do still need to wait for the original client to get running in the background my wait times varied by platform with Steve improving to be the fastest and least intrusive third-party platform to integrate some clients like origin and you play still insist on popping up on your desktop when you try and launch a game from either platform but a feature is in the works which will automatically close clients when exiting an Associated game galaxy does let you install games straight from the launcher but of course if you want to buy the latest epic store exclusive for instance you still need to take yourself over to its specific store to buy it the only time you'll really run into a problem is if you haven't enabled your clients and games to order update I don't auto update my platforms or games because I still remember getting yelled at for using up all our family's data when I was a teenager living at home so building a game like the division 2 can mean awaiting for you plate update and run and then waiting for the game itself to update and run bonus points if galaxy also required an update at launch fortunately sifting through the piles of data in GOG galaxy 2.0 to find out which game I've loved the most time in 145 hours in divinity original sin 2 apparently is a perfectly good time waster while waiting on those progress bars generally you'll want to make sure you are Auto updating so you don't run into this problem in which case you should sail right through into the game with far less waiting around I did most of my gaming offline and away from distribution platforms until the 2000s so while GOG can't paint me a perfect daughter if ik picture of all the weekends I spent playing Heroes 3 or Age of Empires from dawn until dusk there is still plenty of stats to check out it's worth noting that GOG galaxy 2.0 isn't the first all-in-one launcher if you didn't already know play Knight is an open source library manager that imports games from all your platforms into one and while by all accounts it does the trick go galaxy 2.0 has some special editions under it's pretty hood galaxy includes a bookmark function that lets you pin games genres or custom tagged groups to your sidebar custom tags can be created instantly and you can group together whatever strange amalgamation of games you choose there are also plenty of UI options like filtering by platform operating system tags or whether or not the game is installed the platform is also open source allowing for community made plugins which should enable clever users to expand the breadth of what GOG galaxy 2.0 is capable of overall the process is as streamlined and well executed as you'd expect from a beta you can hide games in your library which I did for trials and if you own a game on multiple platforms it'll combine the stats under one page fear as a space to hold your half-a-dozen gaming libraries it's entirely sufficient and missing trophies or sluggish boot times from certain platforms don't take away from how much easier it makes modern PC gaming galaxy is also intending to integrate your friends from other platforms into the client which certaPro access could extends to sending a message to a friend on ps4 who receives it instantly but this functionality is yet to be implemented a handful of years ago I couldn't imagine go galaxy working for me as a replacement for Steam despite how much I loved the drm-free and offline play options but Galaxy 2.0 is a vastly different based it may not have the library to replace your existing platforms but the relative ease with which it unifies all your clients means that at least for me playing my PC games through GOG galaxy 2.0 from now on is looking to be a no-brainer you

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