- Instagram now built into the world’s first gaming browser
- Opera GX gets Workspaces, a tool for tab-grouping according to context
- GX has doubled monthly users since the beginning of the year to more than 3 million
- Upcoming 1-year celebration of GX with new release
Oslo, Norway – Opera GX is the world’s first gaming browser, designed for people who love to play computer games. The browser loved and used by 3.4 million gamers is now getting built-in Instagram support and other unique features recently introduced into the main Opera (NASDAQ: OPRA) browsers, including workspaces that let users group tabs according to the context they use them in.
Opera GX has many of its own unique features such as native Twitch integration, as well as RAM, CPU and network limiters that make the browser less resource-hungry. It is now also getting new sound effects with expanded sound settings.
Native Instagram support
Built-in Instagram is one of the most popular features recently introduced into the main Opera desktop browser and something Opera GX users have been asking for. With a lot of time spent online either playing games or watching streams, it’s important that gamers also get easy access to their social networks. Opera GX already features several built-in messengers such as Telegram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp [VKontakte in RU]. Native Twitch support lets users see who’s online and keep up with the busy slate of live streams. Adding Instagram to the roster puts it’s increasingly popular Direct Messages just a click away.
Opera GX users can access their main Instagram feed, along with Instastories, the explore function, and DMs. The feature is built into the browser’s sidebar, which means users don’t have to open a new tab to access the social network or use their phone to check for recent DMs. They also have the convenience of accessing Instagram from a bigger screen and with a large keyboard.
“We’ve given everyone one less reason to look away from their beautiful gaming setups,” said Maciej Kocemba, product director at Opera.
Browser of choice for more than 3 million gamers
Opera GX is available on both Windows and Mac, and has become the go-to browser for people who love computer games. Since it’s launch during the E3 gaming convention in June 2019, the GX community has grown to 3.4 million people as of April 2020. “We are thrilled that millions of gamers have decided to switch to Opera GX, a browser we designed specifically to fit their dreams and needs. To make sure all our features stay relevant, we have filled the browser with feedback buttons that allow everyone to rate each feature. The average rating is currently 4.7 out of 5, which is fantastic,” added Kocemba.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of Opera GX in June, Opera will be releasing new exciting features.
Opera GX is a browser built specifically for gamers
Opera GX is a special edition of the Opera browser built specifically for gamers. It has a fresh, gaming-inspired design that was awarded with two of the world’s most prestigious design awards: the Red Dot Award and the IF Design Award 2020.
The browser includes GX Control: a feature which lets users define how much of their computer’s CPU or RAM they are willing to let their browser use, leaving more of the computer’s resources for gaming. It also lets people limit the share of network bandwidth used by their browser, as well as adjust the browser’s color themes (Razer Chroma integration).
Opera GX is also the only currently available browser with sound effects, designed by the award winning composer Rubén Rincón and the band Berlinist. This version includes even more sound effects and extended configuration options: each sound can be enabled/disabled and its volume can be adjusted. While they do sound great on speakers, Opera GX has now joined the “Better with headphones” club.
GX now lets you easily find open tabs, group them into Workspaces and close duplicate ones
With this release, Opera GX is also adopting useful tab management features from the main Opera browser. Opera GX now includes the popular Workspaces feature, which allows you to group tabs in up to five separate workspaces and keep the browser a bit more tidy. The browser also lets you customize their icons and names.
A further feature which improves the browsing experience for those who like to have many tabs open is the Search in Tabs feature. You can click the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner of the browser or use the Ctrl+space keyboard shortcut to get a popup window listing all of your open tabs (you might need to scroll if you have lots of tabs). There you can find a specific tab by typing key words in the search field.
Opera GX now also highlights duplicate tabs when the mouse is hovered over them and lets people easily close them.
Opera is a global web innovator. Opera’s browsers, news products and fintech solutions are the trusted choice of more than 360 million people worldwide. Opera is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (OPRA). In 2019, Opera’s PC user base grew 11 percent and has continued to see increasing engagement with 73 million MAU ((Average Monthly Users “MAU”) in March 2020.