GoG Galaxy 2.0

This. I was wondering who would do this first. The very idea of being able to tie all of my various PC libraries together in one place is marvelous, and I figured it was only a matter of time before one of the larger platforms took a swing. This is admittedly so much more ambitious than that, though.

your client

See, Steam already has the ability to launch non-steam games and programs. In fact, I launch FFXIV through Steam despite not actually owning the Steam version of the game. I’ve also experimented with launching EA games exclusive to the Origin platform through Steam as well, though that was part of monkeying with a Steam controller too.

What GoG is promising, though, is much more than that. They’re wanting to do cross-platform libraries, achievements, friends list, and chat. Those last two are shown as (Soon) so who knows when we’ll actually see them, but it’s a bold move. Also one I’m happy to see.

your games

While I dislike having multiple distribution platforms, I can see part of its advantage. It creates a sort of “brand identity.” I’m more aware of which games are made/published by a specific company based on which platform it’s available on. There are downsides, of course.

When I’m busy playing something on Origin, I may miss an opportunity to play with a friend on Steam. Part of this is because their overlays don’t like each other very much. Of course, this gap can be filled by other platforms as well, like Discord, which allows me to not only communicate regardless of game/platform, but sort-of has it’s own store/library thing that I keep forgetting about.

So maybe it isn’t all that revolutionary in function so much as in rounding all that up in one place. I regard GoG reasonably well, I’ve just started avoiding them because they weren’t very multiplayer friendly.

your friends

Their beta page, though, lists multiplayer and matchmaking as one of the features.

GOG GALAXY-powered multiplayer games offer matchmaking and online play.

Of course, the real question becomes a matter of cross-platform multiplayer. If I cannot buy a copy on GoG and play with a friend on Steam, then that feature would be of lesser value.

Another feature I’m looking forward to is the ability to sort and categorize my library. It’s been a while since I tried to do it in Steam, but it was pretty clunky and I didn’t find it worth the required effort.

your privacy

Still, it’s a wonderful step in the right direction, and I will eagerly await my ability to see it. I did sign up for the beta, so if and when I get a chance to poke around I’m sure I’ll be talking about it.

I did something different with all these images, so let me know what you think. Did it work? Not work? Hate it? Love it? Looking for some feedback and wanting to make sure it appears the way it’s intended to.

Posted in GoG

2 thoughts on “GoG Galaxy 2.0

  1. I am still surprised they were able to pull that considering how nasty companies can be to each other and how this could give them an “advantage” in the market. It makes me wonder if it is a two-way thing though, like if by contract, Steam could do the same with GoG games and friend list.

    I am also curious how clear it will be from which store the game comes from. For example, I have a copy of Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines both on Steam and GoG. If I prefer to install the GOG version how easy it would be for me to do that?

    As for the pictures they work fine. Although would it be possible in the future to click on them to enlarge? Just in case there are some pictures with text as it would make it easier to read it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I went ahead and emailed them to ask about duplicates in different libraries. Maybe they’ll see fit to answer.

      I’ll check into that on the pictures. I ended up formatted that way because on my screen they were either enormous or so small I could barely read them. I was manually editing the pages HTML to dial in the size on my own screen, but going back and looking now I agree.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s