Opera GX now lets you free up network bandwidth for your games and streams

What you need to know

  • Opera GX, Opera's gaming browser launched earlier thsi year, is getting some handy new features today.
  • You can now limit the network bandwidth the browser uses, and there's a new game release calendar built in.
  • Opera GX is still in early access and is available to download now.

Opera's gaming browser, Opera GX, picked up some handy new features today. Initially launched during E3 2019, Opera GX comes with the ability to limit its RAM and CPU usage so you can prioritize your games, but Opera has added another option to the list: network bandwidth.

In the latest version of Opera GX, you'll find a new network limiter alongside the CPU and RAM limiters. Gamers will be able to choose between several pre-defined values in KB/s or MB/s that will limit the amount of bandwidth the browser is allowed to use while on. From Opera:

The Network limiter allows people to choose how much of their network's bandwidth they would like to devote to their browser - Opera GX will stick to that limit, which means the game they are playing or the streaming service launched outside of the browser might run more smoothly thanks to a larger net bandwidth at its disposal.

Alongside the new network limiter, Opera GX has added a game release calendar. Curated by a team at Opera, the integrated calendar gives you a quick overview of upcoming game releases. This feature joins other niceties already included in Opera GX, like a dedicated gaming news section and a curated list of deals.

Rounding things out, Opera has made some improvements to the Twitch panel. Now, you can filter the list of channels you follow and you'll get a preview of the game streamers are playing by hovering your mouse over their name.

The browser's Razer Chroma integration has also been improved to allow for smoother transitions between the colors as they're synced between the browser and your Razer gear.

Opera GX is certainly doing some interesting things to cater to gamers, and things like the network, RAM, and CPU limiters are unique additions to your standard browsing experience. It's translating to some success as well: since its launch into early access, Opera says that GX has been downloaded more than one million times. The browser also recently won a Red Dot award for its UI design.

If you want to give Opera GX a shot, the browser is still in early access but is available to download for free at Opera.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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