Battle.net Desktop Looks Sleek, Remains In Beta
Blizzard's Battle.net desktop is the company's upcoming attempt at streamlining its games' various launch procedures, and here's your chance to see the program in action.
Battle.net was initially created as an online service designed to make it easier for players of Blizzard's various games - the Diablo, Starcraft and Warcraft franchises, most notably - to connect with one another online. As the years rolled by, Valve debuted the Steam digital distribution service, and in an effort to keep up with the competition, Blizzard updated Battle.net to include all manner of social networking features. Now Blizzard is working on a complete Battle.net desktop suite that will make launching and playing the firm's games easier than ever before.
That clip you see embedded at top-right comes courtesy of Battle.net desktop beta tester and Starcraft 2 commentator "Husky." It's the first footage we've seen of the desktop in action, and helpfully the video's creator spends a few minutes walking viewers through the new system's functionality.
Truthfully, it's nothing all that spectacular, but it does streamline the process of getting into a Starcraft II match. Instead of simply leaving players to find and click through the various Blizzard icons on their computer, the new desktop offers handy single-button links to launch any Blizzard titles you might have installed, while offering the service's various social networking features at a glance. Will it change your life? Not unless your life is horribly sad, but since the desktop is slated to be a gratis release, we're just happy for a more convenient way to check in on the Diablo III auction house.
There's currently no solid release date on when the Battle.net desktop might be released to the general public. This is Blizzard we're talking about, so you shouldn't be too shocked to hear that "it will be done when it's done." Expect more news when/if that happens.
Source: PC Gamer
That... actually looks quite good. Nice layout, clean interface, all your Blizzard games in one place. GG Blizz, you managed to do something not stupid for once!
If they were to implement Husky's suggestions like Twitch integration, it'd be even better.
Was wondering when they'd do this. Every compony seems to be doing it at the moment, same thing going on with Perfect world who make Neverwinter and Star trek onlnie(and other stuff). I don't mind in this case, less clutter I guess.
I'd rather have a nicely organized launcher than a web page, that's for sure. I'd rather have the option of running the games without keeping the launcher running in the background, though, like most non-Steam DD platforms. I've got a couple of old Blizzard games, having a launcher would actually give me a reason to activate them with Blizzard and install them.
Which, incidentally, more companies should do that the way Blizzard does. I bought an old copy of Diablo II in a friggin' thrift shop, and I was able to register the key with them and download the latest version instead of dicking around with discs and ten year old patches.
when you need a <vomits> launcher </vomit> to start your games, you know they went into the ditch and dropped a bomb on it just for good measure.