What you need to know
- Opera GX picked up another update today with a couple of interesting new features.
- The highlight is a feature that lets you turn on ambient, immersive background music intended to help you focus.
- Twitter integration is also now available from the side bar.
- You can download Opera GX now (opens in new tab) from Opera.
While it started out as an experimental new browser for gamers last year, Opera GX has consistently pushed out new features that set it apart from other browsers out there. Opera is doing it again with the latest update for Opera GX, which brings a setting to turn on ambient, immersive background music on while you browse.
"The dynamic background music in Opera GX is an ambient downtempo that boosts the users' focus," Opera said in a press release. "It intensifies whenever users are actively browsing the web, clicking on links or typing, and becomes less dramatic and calmer whenever they become less active. It is aimed to disappear into the background but to also be missed once it's gone."
Background music may not be at the top of your list of necessary browser features, but it's interesting to see Opera trying something new here. I got a chance to try out a test build of Opera GX with background music enabled, and it certainly adds a bit of etherial ambience to the browsing experience. Fortunately, if it's not for you, it's off by default and can be toggled at any time.
In addition to background music, the latest version of Opera GX adds Twitter integration to the sidebar. That's alongside built-in WhatsApp, Telegram, Instagram, Discord, Twitch, and Facebook Messenger. Once you're logged in, you can click the Twitter icon any time to check your timeline.
The new Opera GX is available to download (opens in new tab) for free directly from Opera.
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Anyone thinks this whole "browser for gamers" is a good idea?
Calling anything "for gamers" is dumb but tbh a lot of their features made for this are actually really useful for anyone. For example, the GX Control feature that lets you put a limit on RAM, CPU, and Network usage is insanely handy when doing intensive tasks to prevent the browser from hogging all your resources without being forced to close it entirely and be unable to look at websites at the same time. Some of the stuff is pretty gimmicky though like the RGB integration and all the sounds (not only this new background music but it straight up has sounds for everything from typing, clicking, opening/closing tabs, and even a full startup sequence with boot animation like a console).
Wauw... I have to download an try this just to see what it is like :D!
Update: It's has got something!
The best experience is really when typing. There's a faint typing and a delete sound when you hit backspace. It is so faint and compliments the experience rather than annoying you. They say the best experience is to wear headphones, but having a good stereo setup is just fine.
Of course, if you're using a mechanical keyboard with switches that are noisy, you'll *have* to wear headphones to be able to experience the typing sounds ... Or really crank up that stereo - whichever sounds best to you x3 Either way, it's a pleasant experience and it deserves to be experienced on its own :)
In fact so much that I would had wished Microsoft to add this to their touch keyboard, the sound has a much more natural feel to it, than the "blobs" and "pops" of the current touch keyboard experience.
Opera is about as relevant as TicTok
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