Manage All Your Games on Different Stores with GOG Galaxy 2.0

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In its first iteration, GOG Galaxy was a client for GOG’s own store, turning it into a game platform. In its second version, though, it pulled off what many tried but under-delivered: bringing together all other game platforms under one roof. Or, at least, the most prominent ones, like Steam, Origin, uPlay, and Epic Games. Let’s look at how you can turn it into a global launcher for all your games no matter where they “live.”

Download and install GOG Galaxy 2.0

Visit GOG and download the GOG Galaxy installer.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Download

Run the installer and continue with the program’s installation as usual – it’s a straightforward next-next-done procedure.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Installation

Set firewall rules if required

The GOG Galaxy client needs Internet access to sync your library, pull data like game information and images, etc.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Firewall

Thus, it would be best if you set up rules in your firewall that grant GOG Galaxy online access.

Log in with your GOG account

GOG Galaxy is, first and foremost, a client for the GOG storefront, so you must log in with a GOG account you have there.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Gog Account

If you don’t have a GOG account, the client provides a link to create one. You can also use a Facebook account to log in, but we didn’t try that. Note that you don’t have to purchase anything to set up an account.

Welcome to your new game hub!

When GOG Galaxy 2.0’s interface appears, don’t fret if it looks complicated.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming First Contact

Start by clicking “Add games & friends” on top.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Add Content

Select “Connect platforms” from the menu that pops up.

Connect other platforms

Check out the available integrations in the window that shows up. Click “Connect,” next to the platforms you wish to access from GOG Galaxy 2.0.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Integrations

The client will brief you about each platform’s supported features. Click “Connect” to proceed.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Connect

Each storefront has its own login procedure, and GOG Galaxy 2.0 doesn’t modify it. In the screenshot, you can see the typical Epic Games login as it would show when using its client.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Sign In

You can remove integrated platforms with the same button, now titled “Disconnect,” in the same window.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Disconnect

Remember to attach all platforms where you have games to GOG Galaxy 2.0 by repeating the above for each of them.

Quit or hide?

If you play games from many stores each day, leaving all their clients running takes up precious resources for no reason.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Quit When Closing

Visit “Features” under the “Platforms” group of options and enable “Quit when closing …” for each connected platform. This way, its client will end when quitting a game instead of hiding in the tray.

GOG Galaxy’s own settings

The “don’t waste resources” mindset extends to the GOG client itself. Move to the “General” tab of the “GOG Galaxy Client” group of options and disable “Auto start: Launch GOG Galaxy at system startup” to have the client launch only when you call for it.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Auto Start

Set up notifications

The next tab contains all settings for notifications. It’s here that you can set up how you want to be notified about different events of interest.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Notifications

GOG Galaxy 2.0 can show you notifications on the desktop, a game overlay, or both. It does so when a friend logs in, when you receive a message, and so on. Set those up as you wish.

Folders, shortcuts, and downloading

We suggest you pay a visit to “Installing, updating” under “GOG.COM Games” and check the settings there to your liking.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Installing Updating
  • Enable “Create shortcut on desktop” if you want to have easy access to your games from your desktop.
  • Change the “Game installation folder” to where you keep most of your games.
  • Make sure “Pause downloads when playing” is disabled to prevent stuttering while playing due to background downloading.

Game features

The “Game features” tab offers a mix of options regarding your GOG game collection and how all games from all platforms will work in it.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Game Features

“Auto-update games” and “Cloud saves” seem to only work for GOG games. Syncing “Achievements,” recording and displaying “Game time tracking,” and the client’s Overlay seem to work for most, if not all, integrated platforms.

The main interface

After it imports your libraries, GOG Galaxy 2.0 becomes straightforward to use.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Updated Main View

On the left, you have pre-defined game filters. We’ll return here later – the list is more versatile than it seems.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Filters List

The three filters you’ll probably use more are “Recent,” useful to return to what you played last, “All games” for accessing all titles in all your libraries, and “Installed” for the games ready to play.

Installing and uninstalling games

To install a game, no matter its platform, click on its cover in your Games list.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Single Game

From its dedicated page, click on “Install” at the very top.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Install Game

If the game you’re installing isn’t a GOG one, GOG Galaxy 2.0 will use its platform’s installer. For example, if you have a game on Steam, when installing it through GOG Galaxy 2.0, it will run Steam and feed it the installation request. Then, Steam will take over until the installation is complete.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Remove Game

You can remove any installed game from the same spot – click the options button next to “Play” and select “Manage installation > Uninstall.”

Game management

We touched on how the Games list is more versatile than it shows. It all starts by selecting “Edit” from the options button when on a single game’s page.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Edit Game Data

GOG Galaxy 2.0 allows you to tweak existing metadata for each game and add ratings and tags.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Game Editing Panel

You can also change the accompanying images for each game, but that affects only aesthetics.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Game Images

You can use ratings and tags, and the rest of the metadata, as filters for your game list.

Gog Galaxy 2 Multiplatform Gaming Add Filters

Click the “Filter” button at the top when viewing the “All games” list and choose any filter you like. When viewing a filtered list, utilize the bookmark button on the top left to pin it among the existing lists on the left pane. Right-click on it to change its placement in the list.

And that’s all there is to it. Simple to use and more powerful than it shows, GOG Galaxy 2.0 can turn into the hub for all your gaming. Will you let it?

Odysseas Kourafalos
Odysseas Kourafalos

OK's real life started at around 10, when he got his first computer - a Commodore 128. Since then, he's been melting keycaps by typing 24/7, trying to spread The Word Of Tech to anyone interested enough to listen. Or, rather, read.

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