GOG Galaxy 2.0's Argus Update adds sharing of stats, cross-platform friend activity

Less than a month after the Euporie Update - version 2.0.9 -, and a little under three months following the release of the Atlas Update (version 2.0.5), the closed beta for GOG Galaxy 2.0 marches on with yet another reasonably substatial patch, the Argus Update.

It's worth keeping in mind that the feature-rich update is actually version 2.0.10, although version 2.0.11 was pushed very soon after, containing a singular change. For simplicity's sake, we'll refer to the Argus Update as version 2.0.11.

As far as the name of the update goes, you can argue that this could be derived from any other subject matter, though it's likely that the space theme was kept on this occasion as well. Argus is not only a satellite, but also the home world - or rather home planet - of the Eredar, which should be familiar to fans of World of Warcraft lore.

The post will be split into four distinct sections, covering various UI tweaks, the Friends Sidebar, the ability to share your game stats via social media, and lastly changelog and known issues. Let's begin.

UI tweaks

As opposed to previous patches, this one doesn't bring in too many major UI additions, however, it does polish some of the existing UI elements. In terms of additions, the most noticeable will probably be the new Share top-level link, though we'll cover that in its own separate section.

Moving on to the more minor tweaks, there's now a link in the avatar dropdown menu that takes you straight to your order history page on GOG. It behaves very much like the already existing one for account management, with the sidebar on the left staying in place and the contents on the right changing to display the relevant page.

Beyond that, the update also adds fixes related to the List view, now showing in parentheses the number of games in a stack, which is relevant for those titles you own on multiple platforms. On a similar note, if you navigate to the library page of a game you happen to have on multiple platforms, the selector at the top will show the actual name of the title, not just the logo for the platform.

Another quality of life improvement concerns the Global Search feature added in the Atlas Update (v 2.0.9) back in September. The brightness of the input field has now been tweaked so that it blends in nicely with the rest of the search module.

Make sure to check out everything that's been added in the mini gallery below.

Friends Sidebar

A fairly interesting new feature in this update is the Friends Sidebar which appears on the right. While you could invoke a separate friends list window before, this is more integrated into the main UI than the list. Specifically, this appears if the client width exceeds 1500px - which is perhaps also why the default width of the Galaxy 2.0 window has been increased to 1740px.

This feature will allow you to see what your friends are playing on other platforms without needing to open a specific launcher. It currently works for friends that are online or playing a game. Friends from other platforms do not show up if you click the Friends online bookmark in the left sidebar, an ability which is linked to the cross-platform chat feature of the launcher.

On the subject of cross-platform chat, once that is implemented, you should be able to send your friend on Steam (as an example) a message straight from Galaxy 2.0. If you try to do that now, it simply says that "The integration for Steam does not offer chat".

For those who don't like this, it can be both collapsed via a simple UI element near the window controls, as well as turned off in Settings under the Interface tab. The sidebar option is also accompanied by the disclaimer that you won't see this UI element if the window width is below 1501px.

Present in the Interface tab is another option, which allows you to show or hide the bookmark for the store in the left sidebar, bookmark labeled Featured. You unfortunatly can't rename it, just like the other permanent launcher bookmarks - Recent, All games, Downloads, etc.

You can see the features described above for yourself in the gallery below.

Sharing stats to social media

And now we move on to the last of the new features, and one that has its own top-level UI link, something dubbed simply Share. What it allows you to do is to well, share your cross-platform stats with your friends or to social media.

It will show the number of games you own across all platforms, the total number of achievements you've earned, as well as how many hours you've played. You're able to share this directly to Facebook, Twitter, and VK (VKontakte), as well as just paste the link itself into any chat client. Do be warned that the link generated is rather comically long.

A small thing that may go unnoticed is the background of the little stat box that gets generated. Just like the main launcher window, it'll take on the background colour of the last game you visited. For example, it'll be red if you last visited Diablo, green if you visit navigate to Satellite Reign, and so on. In other words, it mimicks the background colour of the launcher. Not immediately obvious, though it's a nice little addition nonetheless.

Changelog and known issues

In the opening paragraph I said that we'll refer to this update as version 2.0.11, even though the one with all the additions is version 2.0.10. Because of this, there are two changelogs, though the one for 2.0.11 contains a singular change.

A somewhat peculiar thing to note is that in Settings, previous updates had the version number followed by Closed Beta, whereas this one is just version number followed by Beta. The changelogs themselves still have this marked as a Closed Beta, so it might just be a small visual inconsistency.

Without further ado, here are first and foremost the known issues for version 2.0.10:

Known issues:

  • All Games view - some games may appear as "Unknown" in the games library
  • All Games view - Grid view - scroll performance is subject to significant improvement in upcoming releases
  • Syncing bookmarks between devices doesn't work yet
  • Certain features from GOG GALAXY 1.2 are still missing (launching games with parameters)

Below you'll find the various additions and fixes:

General:

  • Fixed showing incorrect background for newly registered users
  • Fixed issue with backgrounds sometimes not changing correctly when navigating history
  • Increased default width of the GOG GALAXY 2.0 window to 1740px
  • Added a button for order history in avatar dropdown
  • Security fixes

Friends:

  • Added Friends Sidebar on the right side of the application (only on resolution with width bigger than 1500px)

Global search:

  • Tweaked input brightness

Recent view:

  • Added a button in the top navigation allowing you to share your statistics (game time, achievements, etc.) with your friends

Library:

  • [List view] Added a visual hint showing you how many games are in a stack
  • [List view] Fixed showing Platform icon and name for some games
  • Will no longer show DLCs as games when launching GOG GALAXY 2.0 offline
  • Improved the sorting of duplicated games in a stack

Game View:

  • Added a tooltip to show the name of the game in release switcher
  • Fixed an issue with overriding images for some games

Integrations

  • Improved the stability of connections with plugins
  • Fixed an issue with tretrieving game times for some platforms
  • Fixed an issue with authentication window appearing before actually trying to connect

Settings:

  • Added a setting to hide the store from the sidebar
  • Added a setting to disable Friends Sidebar

And here's the changelog for version 2.0.11.2:

Optimization for Friends Sidebar

You can still sign up for the beta at this link, and as with the previous releases, if you haven't received an invite, logging in an using Galaxy 2.0 will not work.

What do you think about this latest update to GOG's upcoming launcher hub? Sound off in the comments below!

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