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Opera GX: gaming browser with striking accent color on its GUI

Today, Opera just launched their newest browser product called Opera GX, intended for gaming. A dark-themed browser with striking accent color on its interface.

If you head to their website, you’ll be amazed by the red-themed landing page stating every feature built into their gaming browser.

Opera stated on their blog that they are inviting gamers to try their early access program, which means that, the final version has yet to be released (later this year).

… Right now, we are opening the early access program (for Windows), which means that, starting today, you will be able to download and test the browser and shape it with us. We will be launching the final version later this year.

Good enough, let’s go ahead and see what Opera GX has in its arsenal.

GX Control: a CPU and RAM resource manager

Built into the Opera GX is a CPU and RAM resource limiter known as GX Control. This component aims to manage CPU and RAM intensive games.

RAM Limiter

The RAM limiter lets you choose how much memory Opera GX consumes. The default setting in the RAM Limiter provides a balance between memory use and user experience. It tries to maintain at or below the chosen memory allocation, but user experience has a greater priority than the designated memory allotment.

Opera GX RAM Limiter

For example, the memory usage would slightly go up over the set limit if it’s trying to keep a live stream going. However, if you enable the Hard Limit, it forces the GX browser to stay within the limit no matter what. This is ideal for low power computers.

Related article: Test faulty RAM for errors with MemTest86+

CPU Limiter

Similar to RAM limiter’s purpose, CPU Limiter lets you put a cap on how much of your PC’s processing power can be used giving more room to your game.

CPU Limiter

Twitch integration

If you’re a heavy gamer, most probably you’ve used Twitch and this integration is a winner. Opera GX lets you access your Twitch account directly from its sidebar and so you’ll know what’s live and who’s online.

Opera GX Twitch integration
Opera GX Twitch integration

GX Corner: gaming news and deals

GX Corner is a venue for latest gaming news and deals. Opera got this a good marketing strategy for Game makers.

GX Corner gaming news and deals
GX Corner

Multi-color accent, sound effects, RGB lighting support

At first glance, the interface might have been inspired from the Tron movie. Interface-wise, I guess this is better than the dark-mode hype or let’s just say the “enhanced” dark-mode.  Also, after launching the browser, gaming console inspired sound effects and animation sequence will entice you.  In addition, Opera has partnered with sound designer Rubén Rincón and the band Berlinist to create unique gaming sounds to Opera GX. For gamer’s perspective, it can’t be called a gaming browser if it lacks RGB lighting support, thankfully it has. Aside from that, Opera GX features a customizable accent color for it’s GUI, if you have a Razer Chroma hardware, it syncs to that. To do that, under close button, click Easy setup menu, a sliding panel appears showing predefined colors, then pick any color you want or click the Extended link if you wish to pick from a wider range of colors.

Also, inside this panel is a wallpaper chooser, if you aren’t satisfied with the available wallpapers, you get more from Opera’s addons page.

Opera GX Razer Chroma hardware support
RGB Lighting support / Razer Chroma
Opera GX accent color settings
Accent color and wallpaper changer accessible via Easy setup menu
Read: Enable Picture-in-Picture for Vimeo, IMDB & other videos in Chrome 70

Includes hardcore features found in regular Opera

Opera GX includes all popular features found in the regular Opera browser such as an ad blocker, a free VPN service, a video pop-out, and access to chat services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp right from its sidebar.

Video pop-out similar to Picture-in-Picture in Chrome browser
Video pop-out similar to Chrome’s Picture-in-Picture
Suggested reading: Enable Picture-In-Picture For Vimeo, IMDB & Other Videos In Chrome 70

Final Thoughts

Opera GX is poised to attract millions of gamers around the world. A bold step for Opera as they are lagging far behind to other competitors such as Google, Mozilla and Apple with regard to number of users. Despite their current status, Opera GX is very promising browser, to say the least.

Take a look at its video teaser below or click here if you want to try Opera GX now.

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