Opera launches the 'world's first gaming browser'

Ceria Alfonso
Junio 12, 2019

Opera has announced its new Opera GX Internet browser, which it claims is the first-ever gaming browser.

The biggest highlight of Opera GX is its GX Control panel, which lets you set how much of your computer's CPU and RAM the browser can use. But don't take the marketing too literally. Instead, it's been customized to ensure the browser never gets in the way of your PC gaming experience. The initial early access version is designed for people who love games.

The result is a "lean and clean" browser, according to Opera product manager Maciej Kocemba. While other browsers may eat into your RAM usage while running in the background, Opera GX will stay within the limits you define so it doesn't impact your gameplay.

Further, the Opera GX team has also added gaming-inspired sound effects to the browser interface, which can be turned off, if annoying, which they'll most likely get at one point or another. The final version of the browser will launch later this year.

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Logging into services via the sidebar has been a long-standing Opera feature, but until now, it only supported services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, VK, and Telegram.

You can try a beta of the Opera GX browser by downloading it from the company's website. Opera GX includes all the features found in the main Opera Web browser apart from a bunch of new features. Meanwhile, a built-in Twitch sidebar lets you watch streams and receive notifications while you browse.

The browser's default homepage is something called GX Corner, which gathers deals on games from different retailers and includes a news feed with top gaming-related headlines from various sources (including TechRadar).

Some of Opera GX's features are just fun, including science fiction style in-browser sound effects created by acclaimed sound designer Rubén Rincón, a choice of accent colors, and a set of space-themed wallpapers. Currently, it's only available for Windows.

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