Opera Launches 'World's First Gaming Browser', Lets Users Set CPU, RAM Limits

Ruben Fields
June 12, 2019

True to its words, the company has finally brought Opera GX, the world's first gaming browser in the market. But don't take the marketing too literally.

The focus on gamers can even be found in something as elemental as the new browser's startup sounds, which includes tones and an animation sequence inspired by gaming consoles.

Today, Opera Software, the company behind the Opera browser, launched a custom version of its browser dedicated to online gamers and streamers. The latter is done via the "GX Control panel", a new feature that gives the user the power to set limits on how much of their system's CPU or RAM they'll allow the browser to use. "We came up with the GX Control feature to make people's games run more smoothly without requiring them to compromise on what they do on the web". Opera GX includes a raft of features tailored to game fans, including Twitch integration, optimization tools and Razer Chroma-style customizable colors.

If you like to watch Twitch streamers while you play, Opera GX also allows you to log into your Twitch account and get notifications when streamers go live in the sidebar.

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Opera GX is launching into its first phase of early access today at E3 2019 and is expected to get a full release later this year.

The browser's default homepage is something called GX Corner, which gathers deals on games from different retailers and includes a news feed with top gaming-related headlines from various sources (including TechRadar). Opera says the sound effects and musical logo creation are the result of a collaboration with sound designer Ruben Rincon and the band Berlinist, who recently scored a BAFTA Game Awards nomination for the original soundtrack to the game GRIS.

Logging into services via the sidebar has been a long-standing Opera feature, but until now, it only supported services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, VK, and Telegram. Currently, it's only available for Windows.

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