What you need to know
- Opera GX just scored a major update.
- Billed as Opera's browser for gamers, Opera GX now includes built-in Discord.
- There's also an option to force websites to go into dark mode, along with a "hot tabs killer."
Opera GX, the "gaming browser" from the folks behind Opera, has continued to add loads of new features in the year since its launch. The latest update, rolling out today, adds to the browser's repertoire with native Discord support, which joins other messaging platforms like Telegram, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. There are also a couple of other little goodies tagging along in this update as well.
The built-in Discord support nestles your Discord servers away in the browser's sidebar. With one click, you can open up a miniature version of Discord that allows you to message any of the servers you're connected to from within Opera GX.
In addition to Discord support, there's also a new feature that lets you force any website to go into dark mode, even those that don't have an "official" dark mode. You can access this through a dedicated toggle available from the settings dropdown at the top right of the browser. Note that Opera says this feature is in beta, so you have to explicitly turn it on and you may encounter issues.
Beyond forced dark mode, Opera has bundled in a new "hot tabs killer" feature. This quickly pulls up a look at your tabs and which ones are using the most resources. From there, you can quickly knock out any tabs that are hogging resources.
All of these new features are in addition to Opera GX's stable of those geared towards gamers. The browser lets you easily limit how much RAM, CPU, and network bandwidth it's allowed to use. It also has a unique look with customizable colors, sounds, integrated messengers, and more. If you're curious, you can check out Opera GX at its official site.
Hard pass on anything from Opera after they got bought by China. Anyone who works anywhere that has something of value ought to steer clear of giving a Chinese company (and thus, the Chinese government) access to your browser.
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