Steam may have been the first, but there are now multiple digital distribution and game management platforms out there, such as Origin, GOG and Uplay. Needless to say, keeping track of several third-party game libraries is not exactly convenient.
Playnite is an open-source application that aims to provide you with a unified UI for managing your games, regardless of their platform. It enables you to organize your titles, install and launch games, and it updates your library automatically.
Importing games from multiple libraries is a piece of cake
When you launch the program for the first time, it will prompt you to import games from Steam, GOG, Origin or Uplay. Of course, you can skip the process and only import DRM-free games if you don’t use any of these services.
Your Steam library can be imported instantly, but your account details will be required for GOG and Origin. Playnite can either import only installed games or every title that you own.
Find all your games in one place and install and launch them easily
Once you have added all your games, you will find that they are neatly organized, and the application downloads and fills in all their details automatically. The only exception seems to be Origin game icons, which are only extracted from installed titles.
Any game can be launched by simply double-clicking its entry, and the program is minimized or sent to the system tray automatically once you have started a game.
What’s more, you can install games in your library directly from Playnite, as well as launch any of the available third-party clients from the tray icon’s context menu.
Organize your games and find titles using multiple filters
There are many ways to bring order to your game library, as the application allows you to group and sort items based on multiple parameters.
For instance, it is possible to create custom categories, filter and group games by store, as well as show only installed, uninstalled or favorite titles. Games you don’t want to see anymore can even be hidden.
Offers multiple viewing modes, but it lacks UI customization options
Your available games can be viewed in a simple list, with their details being displayed once you click on a title, but the application can also show their covers or more detailed records.
Unfortunately, though, the only thing you can customize about the UI is the filter panel, which can be toggled on or off. It would be great if some alternative themes and UI layouts were added in the future.
In a nutshell, Playnite is an application that gamers should definitely consider using, especially those who have a large game library that extends across multiple digital distribution platforms. It is very easy to configure, and it provides access to all your games, regardless of their source, from an intuitive, unified UI