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#1 Janichsan

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 01:37 PM

The one launcher to rule all launchers, GOG Galaxy 2.0 is now available as open beta, also for Mac.

Despite having to show literally hundreds of games in my library (I connected it to all my other accounts - PSN, Steam, Origin, Uplay, Epic), it's running better than Steam ever did. You can easily install every game that is available for your current platform: if it requires a different launcher which you haven't installed yet, you get redirected to the corresponding download page first.

Not everything works yet, though. I can't seem to get the friend lists of other platforms than GOG itself to work (but maybe I'm just missing something), some stats don't sync properly, and GOG seems to be confused which Steam games are Mac compatible (showing me for instance Borderlands Enhanced as supported under macOS, but not The Bard's Tale IV).

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 07:25 PM

View PostJanichsan, on 09 December 2019 - 01:37 PM, said:

I can't seem to get the friend lists of other platforms than GOG itself to work (but maybe I'm just missing something),

Works for me, at least in Windows, when I simply added them in Settings. Not all stores have Friends List support but most do. I can verify it's working with Steam for me. If it still doesn't work try "sync integrations" in the settings menu.

It's nice and prettier than steam, but it's hard to get enthused when you have to load the launcher anyway. I know that's not GoG's fault, though.

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Posted 09 December 2019 - 08:54 PM

I have been in the closed beta for a few weeks. It shows my Steam and Xbox friend statuses as expected.
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Posted 10 December 2019 - 01:44 AM

In the Add friends window, I only see Steam friends who also use Galaxy 2.0 (like macdude22), that is just a handful.

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 02:34 AM

Why is it distributed as a pkg?

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 08:00 AM

View Postgalad, on 10 December 2019 - 02:34 AM, said:

Why is it distributed as a pkg?

Because it needs to perform some additional setup in addition to unpacking the actual client application. There are also some additional redistributable binaries included in the installer. Last there is a helper tool that takes care of any actions that require privilege escalation.

These actions could be performed on first launch of a .app but I much prefer having a proper package configure everything from the outset.
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Posted 10 December 2019 - 01:25 PM

Ah, you need to add your non-GOG friends manually to your GOG friend list? In that case, this indeed works somewhat differently than I thought.

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 01:53 PM

I had an issue with the 1.x version of the launcher where it was unable to update any games due to 'insufficient disk space' (even games require a few Mb of patching), despite there being around 150 Gb free on the drive the launcher (and games) were installed on.

So I gave up in the end and went to installing (and patching) GoG stuff manually.
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Posted 10 December 2019 - 02:05 PM

View PostJanichsan, on 10 December 2019 - 01:25 PM, said:

Ah, you need to add your non-GOG friends manually to your GOG friend list? In that case, this indeed works somewhat differently than I thought.

All I had to do was enable the integration in Settings. Friends appeared in the list automatically.

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 02:32 PM

There's the issue: I was expecting the non-GOG friends to turn up under "Friends" on the left in the screenshot, not in a separate list on the right.

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This list only is visible when the window is wider than 1501 pixels (3002 at HiDPI), which is wider than my screen (2880 px).

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 04:47 PM

Ah, I didn't realize the lists showed different things.

The right list shows online friends only, for all services (including GOG). The separate window friends list, that you access on the left, is GOG-only.

The UI needs a bit of work...consolidate it down to one list on the left, that you can break out in a separate window if you want.

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Posted 10 December 2019 - 08:25 PM

They do have a feedback form you can fill in. It's available in the Galaxy 2 client, you click on the settings icon (gear) on the top left. Then select Share Feedback..  If your feedback is that you can't run the software, then I guess you are out of luck. :-p

Anyway, why not let them know about the width problem- that's useful feedback. (I filled it out to let them know that my Steam tags were not imported, even though the integration plugin said they would be.)
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Posted 18 December 2019 - 04:59 PM

Not sure if itís new (I just installed it on my MBP for the first time) but thereís a tooltip that says you wonít get the friends sidebar in smaller windows.

Instead of fixing the issue with a better design...oh well, progress I suppose.