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The Opera GX browser attracts over 1 million downloads

Opera GX has been downloaded over 1 million times by now. (Source: Opera)
Opera GX has been downloaded over 1 million times by now. (Source: Opera)
GX is a version of the Opera browser specificially designed with gaming in mind. It has been available as an early-access build since June 2019, and has proved so popular that it has accrued over 1 million downloads to date. Opera GX offers Twitch support, a section for new releases and a network limiter.

Opera has developed GX for those who like to game in-browser. Accordingly, even its design and color-scheme have been chosen to match this use-case: even its feedback meter has little 8-bit-looking hearts. Besides this, Opera GX also has a number of practical functions and features directed at the enhancement of this area of online gaming. They have been refined over the 9 updates this variant has seen since its early-access release in June 2019.

The most important tweak contained in Opera GX may be its network bandwidth limiter. It can be set in a range from 64 kilobytes per second (KB/s) to 25 megabytes/s (MB/s), although it comes at 1MB/s by default. The limiter can be used to ensure a constant flow of data during gameplay. Alternatively, it can be used to limit other uses of the internet (e.g. content-streaming) also being used while gaming. Opera asserts that it is particularly useful for those with slower or less reliable connections.

This feature is found in the browser's GX Control section, which also has CPU and RAM limiters for similar reasons. The browser also contains a homepage with handy shortcuts to platforms and sites that often go hand-in-hand with gaming, including YouTube, Reddit and Twitch (which GX has supported by default since its launch). It is also compatible with Razer Chroma support. For all this and more, Opera GX has recently scored a 2019 Red Dot award for its design.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-09-14 (Update: 2019-09-14)