While Valve and Epic battle over storefront supremacy, there’s one other battle quietly looming. As complaints mount towards the proliferation of storefronts, there’s an opportunity for somebody to make the ur-storefront. I’m speaking in fact in regards to the launcher that may unify all the opposite launchers, the one launcher to rule all of them and—within the darkness of your arduous drive—bind them.

And GOG’s taken an early shot at it. Building off its Galaxy launcher, which was as soon as a mere repository and auto-updater to your GOG library, it’s now begun rolling out “Galaxy 2.0” to a choose few, together with us. I’ve spent the final week or so testing its capabilities to see if I’m able to condense my launcher loadout.

The verdict? It’s early days but, and there are kinks GOG must work out—some area of interest, some broader—however Galaxy 2.0 makes an fascinating and engaging bid.

Setting up

Getting began is simpler than I anticipated, as effectively. GOG’s not the one launcher to permit video games from different providers, however normally the implementation is unwieldy. Steam’s “Add a Non-Steam Game” perform, as an illustration, scans each single program in your arduous drive and does little besides make a Steam-specific shortcut inside your sport library. Useful, often, however not an important long-term resolution.

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Galaxy 2.0 is a extra automated course of. Initially you’ll solely see your GOG library, assuming you’ve gotten one. It works the identical as the unique Galaxy launcher in that regard.

But you’re prompted to “Add Games and Friends” as effectively. Some of those potential third-party connections are official, created and supported by GOG, although in the meanwhile that checklist solely consists of Xbox Live, and even that doesn’t really assist you to entry your Xbox Play Anywhere video games but.

The bulk of Galaxy 2.0’s connections have been constructed by the group utilizing GOG’s SDK to implement the suitable hooks, and already there’s a thriving plugin aftermarket, introduced inside Galaxy 2.0 as “Community Integrations – Popular.” Steam, Battle.web, Epic Games Store, Uplay, Origin, and extra could be added by means of these pseudo-official channels. It’s all the pieces you’d need, or a minimum of all the pieces you’re “forced” to make use of when you may’t use Steam. Yes, I see you.

GOG Galaxy 2.0 IDG / Hayden Dingman

Login takes seconds, every supplier asking to your credentials individually. Once Galaxy 2.0 is allowed you’ll see a observe on the backside that claims your library is “Importing,” although even with a Steam library within the 1000’s this took a minute or two at most. And you then’re finished, free to peruse any and your whole video games by means of GOG, to kind them alphabetically in a single lengthy checklist or break up them up by storefront, and simply launch the one you need.

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