Quick Look: GOG’s Galaxy 2.0 Beta Integrates all the stores

In May this year GOG announced their new universal Galaxy 2.0 launcher. Many nerds have long complained about the growing number of launchers and friend lists every publisher seems to want us to use. I personally have purchases on literally every major platform, including Uplay, GOG, Steam, The Microsoft store, Epic, Origin, and Rockstar, as I’m quite cost sensitive. I’ve never cared all that much about the need for a variety of launchers, but I think it’s safe to say that most of you do. That being said, even with my relative apathy, I was still quite interested in this new launcher.

Some repeats exist, but usually due to playing a game on multiple platforms or having installed a demo

Promising essentially the One Launcher To Rule Them All (I think literally everyone who talks about this thing is obligated to use this phrase), Galaxy 2.0 incorporates a variety of other stores directly into the GOG launcher, including game art, leader-boards, and friend activity. Microsoft has worked with GOG to officially integrate the Xbox Live platform with Galaxy 2.0, including Xbox One support. No other company has approved an “official integration” yet, and I’m skeptical if others will, given that Microsoft has become almost uniquely open as a platform owner. There are “community integrations” allowing access to the platforms. By default, Epic, Origin, Playstation Network, Steam, and Uplay are included to be setup, but GOG says that other communities will be able to be added and it’ll be releasing the documentation for anyone to add whatever community they’d like.

Sadly, I go through life without a Playstation Network account

So after signing up for the beta, it was time to wait.  Installation was quick, as was signing into each ecosystem, as you just type in your details to a browser window that opens for each one. As would be entirely expected, you are required to have the actual store/platform apps installed, though you can then largely manage them right in GOG without a need to open them again.  Games can be sorted based on which store they’re through, or you can have them aggregated into one giant list. You can install/uninstall games in other platforms and clicking on a game from any platform gives you a tasteful full screen overview of your play length, achievements, and details about the game. It’s quite well done, and in my opinion, generally looks quite a bit nicer than Steams UI.

Not terribly information dense, but does the job and looks attractive

At this point Friend chat isn’t functioning, so there’s not much I can say about that feature. Galaxy 2.0 offers to import your Facebook friends and match them up with their GOG accounts, just in case you needed that. GOG expects to have the full friend integration rolled out in the reasonably near future, however.

All in all this looks quite promising, and even though it does require the installation of these other programs, you have very little need to interact with them, particularly once the cross-platform friend integration goes live. I’m going to keep this beta installed, as even at this early stage it has made my gaming less complicated. Look forward to a wider release in the near future or checkout the beta signup page.

Josh Pozzolo

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36 Comments
    • Tim
    • 6 days ago

    What I don’t like about the current version of GOG Galaxy is that when it updates games it can run multiple programs per game, each requiring escalation. For one update of just one game I had to type in a long admin password 7 times.

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      • Sweatshopking
      • 6 days ago

      While that’s certainly not ideal, Pins and camera based windows hello reduce that annoyance for me.

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    • BIF
    • 6 days ago

    I’m on Steam only. Am I missing out on life? I mean, I have BattleTech, a bunch of Civilization releases, Cities:Skylines, and Stellaris. If anything, I probably should get out of the house more often!

    That reminds me, I should download Dawn of Man, Portal (and 2), that Stronghold bundle, and Surviving Mars, all of which I bought on sale over the holiday.

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      • tanker27
      • 6 days ago

      You should give GOG a try in the very least. All their offerings are DRM free.

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        • BDNeon
        • 5 days ago

        Steam does have some perks that other platforms don’t, like Steam Workshop support, which is a HUGE deal for a lot of games. But yeah, GoG’s DRM-free approach is awesome because no matter what happens your game is safe, if something were to happen to Steam someday you’d lose access to your games, whereas DRM free stuff is yours forever.

        So if it uses Workshop or other steam features, buy on Steam. If not, get the DRM-free GoG version.

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    • tanker27
    • 6 days ago

    WAIT!? THIS WAS WRITTEN BY SSK!? WHY IS IT NOT IN ALL CAPS!? I DEMAND A REFUND!\\

    (noticeably absent Blizzard launcher >.>)

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      • BIF
      • 6 days ago

      His byline is in all caps. That’s quite enough for me!

      Nicely written article, SSK.

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      • TurtlePerson2
      • 6 days ago

      What a time to be alive? I still remember when SSK first showed up.

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        • Sweatshopking
        • 6 days ago

        MOMMY?

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  1. A multi client already exists.
    It’s called PlayNite and supports even more services.
    There are even some efforts into supporting HumbleBundle.

    https://playnite.link/

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      • Josh Pozzolo
      • 6 days ago

      Good to know! Looks nice, and hopefully the two of them learn from each other.

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    • Vizzini
    • 7 days ago

    “Literally” every major platform, but no Playstation Network account?

    “Inconceivable” .

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      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 days ago

      YEAH JOSH WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THAT? PLAYSTATION 4 EVA

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        • Sweatshopking
        • 7 days ago

        If I buy a Playstation Microsoft will revoke my #1 FANBOI PRIZE

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          • Froz
          • 6 days ago

          YOU HAVE A FACE?

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            • BIF
            • 6 days ago

            Forget the face, he received a prize?

    • Kloreep
    • 7 days ago

    Glad to hear it’s in good shape. I’ll certainly upgrade to 2.0 once it leaves beta as I’m already a GOG purchaser/Galaxy user. It’s been hard to get too excited for 2.0 though because I agree that it seems unlikely anyone else will hop on board the official integration train, and I’m skeptical how reliable the unofficial integrations will be. I suppose it all depends on whether any of those other companies feel it’s worth it to go out of their way to break compatibility.

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      • sconesy
      • 5 days ago

      It’s a good differentiator for GOG although I agree it may not take off broadly. But they are smart to look for ways to make their offering stand out amongst all the 1st-party stores.

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    • grimdanfango
    • 7 days ago

    I’m really hoping this works well and proves to be a hit.

    For one, it might stop people filling the web with months of endless ranting about Epic on some pointless crusade to staunchly defend one DRM-using, lumbering corporation by demonising another.

    Secondly, it might of course end up drawing more people towards buying through GOG – which would actually constitute a *constructive* statement on consumer advocacy.

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    • Freon
    • 7 days ago

    > Not terribly information dense

    Self aware humor is the best humor.

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      • Josh Pozzolo
      • 7 days ago

      YOU CAUGHT THAT, DID YOU?

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    • bthylafh
    • 7 days ago

    Needs more all-caps.

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      • Josh Pozzolo
      • 7 days ago

      In the past i was specifically told that i could not do an all caps post, but NOW I CAN APPROVE MY OWN ARTICLES! MUAHHAHAHAHAHA

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        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 days ago

        And you have a blue checkmark. Now you’re Twitter verified?

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          • Wonders
          • 7 days ago

          He who points out the checkmark of others shall himself be checkmark’d.
          This is the law of TR as has been handed down…

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            • ⍻☑✅✓✔🗸🗹
            • 7 days ago

            This checks out.

            • bthylafh
            • 6 days ago

            What if I point out the Czech mark of others?

    • SWEATSHOPKING
    • 7 days ago

    GUIZE NOW YOU CAN SEE MY FACE

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      • superjawes
      • 7 days ago

      THANKS. I HATE IT.
      (j/k, dude)

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        • Sweatshopking
        • 7 days ago

        THUMBS UP? YOU GUYS ARE SO MEAN

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          • Spunjji
          • 2 days ago

          Only chucky gets my downthumbs these days, he works hard for them

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      • grimdanfango
      • 7 days ago

      Hmm, I think it humanises your posts a bit too much… I’m finding I can’t take the all-caps seriously any more – it’s hard to feel as irritated by them.

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        • grimdanfango
        • 7 days ago

        (Argh, the lack of an edit button!)
        Maybe a photo of you shouting?…

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      • chuckula
      • 7 days ago

      MY EYES!

      CANNOT UNSEE!

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      • anotherengineer
      • 7 days ago

      Yeppers, as long as I boost website to 200%.

      what the heck, I have to put a name and email in to leave a comment now on top of signing in?!??!?

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        • superjawes
        • 7 days ago

        Front page comments and forum logins are currently doing a trial separation. They are in counseling and will (hopefully) be getting back together soon.

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