GOG's Steam-y Galaxy storefront enters open beta

We love GOG.com for its wide selection of classic games, but there's one hitch: the site sells each game as a separate application, without any kind of central management like we're used to with Steam, Uplay, and Origin. GOG has apparently recognized this problem. Its new GOG Galaxy app provides a convenient-looking, Steam-like interface for games purchased through the service, and it's entering open beta today. Here's the teaser video:

Using Galaxy to buy GOG games is completely optional, but it looks like the service offers several nice features. Games purchased through Galaxy will receive automatic updates, and users have the option of rolling back updates they don't want. GOG will also allow folks to download local backup copies and play without an Internet connection. As with GOG's stand-alone sales, Galaxy purchases remain DRM-free.

Galaxy isn't just a store and management app, either. Similar to existing services, it has social features like a friends list, chat system, and achievement tracking. If these extras aren't to your tastes, they can all be turned off.

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