In a world where every browser pretty much looks the same, I was intrigued with the announcement that Opera was going to release a gaming browser. The preview picture had me interested; the features are interesting.
The default colours are an LED looking red on a black background.
Of course, I had to change it to green right off the bat.
Much better. LED type colours look great on a black background.
So, the colours might bring me in but features need to be here to keep me. And, don’t take away any of the features that I’ve been accustomed to with Opera.
It looks good in that department; the battery saving, VPN option, advertisement blocking, video popout, and the menu sidebar were all intact. In addition to all of the quick buttons in the sidebar, there are two new ones. If you have a Twitch account, it’s just a click away. The real power, as far as I’ve discovered is the GX Control, shown above.
Here, you can control how much memory and how much CPU Opera GX is allowed to use. So, if you’re doing something else and Opera GX is in the background, these control allow you to stop it from taking over your computer when it wants. It’s not that I’m a big-time gamer but there are times when I’m working in another application with a browser open that might benefit from these limits.
It just looks so cool and different from any other browser.
There’s a quick setup feature that gets you going in a hurry.
as well as some new wallpapers, if you’re into that sort of thing. Personally, I have the browser maximized when I’m using it so I’m not going to use that much, I suspect.
In what appears to be a permanent tab, you have access to something labelled GX Corner.
That’ll keep you up to date in the gaming world. I also see it as an interesting way to monetize the product by selling space here.
Google comes as the default search engine but that’s easily changed. The browser settings appear to be the same as in regular Opera.
The version number is a tongue in cheek feature?
Your version is LVL 1 (core: 60.0.3255.50747)
Will Opera GX level up in future updates?
I will note that the download and install process is pretty routine. The only thing that would have been nice to have had from an installation point of view would have been to ask me if I’d like to use the extensions that I’d had in place with my “other” Opera installation.
At this time, that’s about it. It’s a really different experience to use in a dark space. The tabs seem to take on less importance with their dark colours but the favicons and the outlined active tab really pop off the screen.
I know that it’s early in development but it will be interesting to see where the Opera team goes with this product. It will also be interesting to see how other browsers respond. Controlling the amount of resources your browser uses is very desirable.
You can download your own copy here.