The makers of the Opera web browser have a new version designed specifically for gamers… although it has a few features that I imagine could appeal to folks who just don’t like it when their browser eats up all of their system’s resources.

For example, Opera GX includes a GX Control panel that lets you set CPU and RAM limits for the browser. Want to make sure that the browser doesn’t use more than 4GB of RAM or 40 percent of your CPU power? Just set a limit and you’ll be able to keep resources free for gaming or other tasks even if you have a browser window open for live streaming, chat, or something else.

Other features that help set Opera GX apart include:

  • Game console-inspired visual design and sounds
  • Exclusive wallpapers
  • Razer Chroma integration (adjust your Razer Chroma keyboard & mouse colors based on browser settings)
  • Twitch integration that lets you login through the sidebar, and see when streamers you follow are live.
  • Speed Dial shortcuts to Discord, YouTube, and Reddit.
  • There’s a GX Corner with gaming news, deals, and other info.

For the most part, though, Opera GX is just a custom version of the core Opera browser for desktop. So anything you can do in Opera you should be able to do in this Opera-for-gamers web browser.

Plus Opera plans to launch new features in the future, such as support for watching a video in a small window that floats over your gaming session, which could let you view walkthroughs or other content while you play.

A preview version for Windows is available for download, and a final version should be coming later in 2019.

via Opera Blogs


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3 replies on “Opera GX is a web browser aimed at gamers”

  1. To some people, this repackaging of Chrome is like a mockery of what browsers have become. The kind of thing that they’d say people should take a look at and then think, “Is this us? Is this really what we’ve become?”.

    In any case, this surely isn’t the best browser for the mini laptops this site often features. The flashy UI eats up resources, and the integration of some seriously bloated services eats up even more. And it’s not like all those lights and sites actually help you play video games. This browser can only really be for streamers who occasionally open their browser on camera and need a flashy computer to dazzle an audience of people who are easily distracted by shiny objects.

  2. I find it very strange the direction gaming culture is going, leaving me behind. A browser with wallpapers, colored light integration, SOUNDS? This is completely anathema to what I want in a browser, particularly with a console design on a PC. When I’m gaming I don’t want to be distracted by the OS, browser, what have you. I suppose the resource limits are a very nice feature, but I can’t help but feel if I do decide to try this out I’ll be spending a lot of time shutting off all the extra (literal?) bells and whistles.

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