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DRM-free GOG Galaxy gaming service is almost ready to take on Steam, public beta goes live

By Jos
May 5, 2015
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    It’s been a while since we last heard about GOG’s PC gaming service, but apparently things are marching along as today GOG Galaxy is finally going public -- though still in beta form. The move comes in anticipation of the launch of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which will be the debut game on the new platform.

    GOG Galaxy will compete with Steam, Origin and other PC gaming clients. But while it shares some similarities with them, like consolidating your games into a single library, keeping them up to date, and adding a social element with chat and achievements, it’s also fundamentally different in a few significant ways.

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    For one thing, everything is optional. You don’t even need the Galaxy client in order to play GOG purchased games. You can also you can opt out of automatic updates for your games and keep playing them -- something Steam and Origin don’t allow -- and if you do decide to apply a patch and it ends up breaking the game for you, Galaxy will let you roll back to the previous working version.

    Users are also free to download a standalone, DRM-free backup copy of every game for offline play as well as keeping purchases safe. This DRM-free policy is something the company has been championing since the very beginning with its retro PC games store, formerly known as Good Old Games.

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    Other features include online and matchmaking, while select titles also support cross-play between gamers on GOG.com and Steam.

    The company says that making everything optional is the best motivation for making the Galaxy desktop client better: “We want it to be so good that you’ll actually want to use it." Even if the cynical in you sees that as a marketing angle, the end result is still a better service and more freedom for gamers.

    GOG Galaxy currently has a library of more than 1,000 games and the company is working to get more big-budget blockbusters. You can sign up for the open beta for Mac or Windows here; Linux support is coming “soon”.

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  2. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    Funny, I just got a free copy of the Witcher 3, activated it and didn't even question the service it was associated with. I automatically assumed it would be DRM free and work without the client, those are Steam and Origin's biggest flaws, the ladder especially, though Steam does have offline mode after you've activated the product on your PC. Looking forward to trying the new service when it's ready to give me my Witcher.
     
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,554   +2,894

    I've just spent some time checking out GoG. So far I like the game listing layout, and search facility.
     
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,323   +710

    I hope Galaxy is everything GoG claims. If so I expect it to do quite well indeed. The real question is will Valve try to screw with them by demanding that devs build anti-GoG measures into their games. Don't think it can't happen, particularly if GG (GoG Galaxy) really takes off.
     
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,554   +2,894

    Why would Valve demand anti-GoG anything? Seems to me, It would be the developer against DRM free publication not Valve as a platform.
     
  6. Hexic

    Hexic TS Addict Posts: 283   +132

    Agreed. In addition, that would be too brazen of a response by such a company against another - at least at first.

    In retrospect, if Valve sees these guys as a threat, before or after they open up shop for good, Valve will no doubt begin subtle actions to either dissuade gamers from GoG, or find tactics to solidify their user base from leaving.
     
  7. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Addict Posts: 229   +72

    Sounds like a winner.
     
  8. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,390   +329

    Valve already does those tactics... massive discounts.... far far far far far far far bigger library for up-to-date games... steam epic features.... steam os... steam pc... etc... etc... etc... etc

    GoG has a large library for classical old games but for comparing to steam its tiny for current/last-gen games, GoG has a far less amount of cash to burn on features or trying new things :/a
     
  9. Well I'll be GoG damned...
     
  10. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 161   +26

    I created a GoG account because I was given a free code for The Witcher 3 when I bought my Nvidia branded GTX 970. I've been patiently waiting for the game to launch so I can try out the platform (and game of course), but I wasn't aware of their DRM free policy until I read this. I'm loving everything that I'm hearing. May GoG be blessed and end up taking on Valve some day. Oh how wonderful that would be! Then again, I'm betting to get to the top, their whole DRM policy would have to be redesigned to screw over the end-user... Sadly that's the world we live in.
     

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