Opera first launched a desktop browser for gamers in 2019 to help standout from Google Chrome. Over the following months and years, it bolstered Opera GX with customization options, including Razer’s Chroma lighting effects.
Then, in January, the company doubled down on gaming by acquiring YoYo Games, the British company behind the game development platform GameMaker Studio 2. With an eye to expansion, Opera is now bringing its gaming browser to mobile.
The browser developing company is currently testing Opera GX on iOS and Android with plans for a formal launch in a few weeks to come.
Here’s what makes the browser different from others? Opera GX features a control panel that allows users set limits on CPU, RAM and network bandwidth. Mobile users can also utilize the fast action button to quickly access functions like search and to open and close tabs.
Exporting elements from the world of gaming, the button also uses vibrations and haptic feedback.
Users can also synchronize the mobile browser with the desktop version by scanning a QR code, after doing that, users will be allow to transfer across files of up to 10MB, links, YouTube videos, photos and various ephemera.
There are also features like a built-in ad blocker and safeguards from crypto-miners.
By targeting a niche, albeit a massive one, Opera may have created a recipe for success. A formula that could help it to thrive under the shadow of Google Chrome. As of March, Opera GX had exceeded 9 million monthly active gamers across Windows and Mac.
The number marks a jump of 190 percent over the former year, as the company said. The dedicated gaming browser has also grown to become the largest tech server on Discord, with 285,000 existing users.