GOG Galaxy 2.0's Atlas update brings in global search, better performance, and more

CD Projekt-owned game distribution platform GOG has announced the latest update for the closed beta of its GOG Galaxy 2.0 launcher.

Positioned as a hub for your entire game collection, Galaxy 2.0 builds on the features showcased in the first variant of the launcher, while also adding capabilities found in solutions like Playnite. Crucially however, the app remains optional for folks who gravitated towards GOG for its DRM-free stance.

Compared to version 2.0.2 released back in June - a hands-on with which we've published -, version 2.0.5, codenamed the Atlas Update, brings in a powerful global search feature, more granular customization for the Grid and List views of your games, a downloads tab, and a greatly enhanced manual game addition capability.

Starting with global search, folks will now be able to scour various sources for games - both owned and not -, as well as friends, different genres, and even games based on rating. This feature works in a very similar vein to programs like Launchy, and can be accessed via the magnifying glass in the top right of the sidebar, or by pressing Ctrl+F (Command+F on the Mac).

The results returned feature both games you own and those you don't, along with the ability to show the selected game - which leads to a library landing page -, install it, play it, or mark it as owned. A little more on that last one in just a bit. You can check out the described features in the mini-gallery below.

It goes without saying that because of the development stage at which Galaxy 2.0 is, there are still some rough edges, and features such as the ability to access game extras and backups aren't present yet. Keep that in mind if you get accepted into the closed beta.

You can sign up for the beta at this link, though access is given via invites that are regularly being sent out. If you do obtain the executable for the beta but you haven't received your invite, logging into the program will not work.

What's your take on the capabilities added in this update? Sound off in the comments below!

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