GOG Galaxy’s biggest update yet puts Steam, Origin, Uplay etc to shame

By Sherif Saed
22 March 2017 13:11 GMT

GOG Galaxy is coming out of beta soon, with a host of features we wish other clients will copy.


GOG Galaxy, the optional client offered by DRM-free store GOG.com, is leaving beta in April. If you’re currently using the app, however, you will be getting the upgrade to patch 1.2 today.

Patch 1.2 comes with a number of key features, some of which compete with the likes of Steam and Origin. The biggest one, though, benefits players of the classic games GOG specialises in selling.

The feature is cloud saves, something Galaxy will offer to any game on the platform, regardless of whether or not the game natively support it. Classics such as Planescape: Torment, or Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines will benefit from this the most. What’s more, cloud saves can later be downloaded without the need for Galaxy to be installed.

Another major feature going live with 1.2 brings users the ability to customise Galaxy’s own features to their liking, turning what they want off and on as needed. GOG says this prevents bloating the client for those who don’t require advanced features.

Behind-the-scenes improvements include a hibernate mode that drops CPU usage when playing a game and a decrease in battery life usage when the client is idling. Other additions include a bandwidth limiter, fps counter, screenshot capturing, achievement rarity, in-game overlay, download scheduling and more.

Visit the official Galaxy page for more, or to download it. Unlike Steam, you can completely ignore it and continue downloading your GOG games from the website.

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