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Revision as of 16:05, 18 October 2021

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Stores
Amazon
Battle.net
Bethesda.net
Discord
Epic Games Store
FireFlower Games
GamersGate
Games for Windows - LIVE
Gamesplanet
GOG.com
Green Man Gaming
Humble Store
Itch.io
Kartridge
Mac App Store
Microsoft Store
Oculus Store
Origin
Rockstar Games Launcher
Steam
Ubisoft Connect
Viveport
ZOOM Platform

Common features

Launcher/Client features

Supported features and such of the launcher/client of a platform.
Note that features not exclusive to the launcher/client (e.g. they are also accessible through a web browser) is better listed in another section.
Feature Arc Games Launcher
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Bethesda.net Launcher
Epic Games Launcher
Discord
GOG.com key
Itch.io Client Kartridge Client
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Microsoft Store
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Rockstar Social Club
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Windows support
OS X support
Linux support
Feature Arc Games Launcher
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Bethesda.net Launcher
Epic Games Launcher
Discord
GOG.com key
Itch.io Client Kartridge Client
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Microsoft Store
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Rockstar Social Club
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Offline mode*
Offline launch*
Preloading games
Incomplete download launch
Supports installing games from disk
64-bit client for Windows

Store features

Supported features of the store of a platform.
This section tries to be launcher/client agnostic, as in Early Access is listed here because the store allows for a game to be released in such a state, regardless of how the game files themselves might be downloaded.
Feature Arc Games Launcher
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Bethesda.net Launcher
Epic Games Launcher
Discord
GOG.com key
Itch.io Client Kartridge Client
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Microsoft Store
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Rockstar Social Club
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Shopping cart
Regional pricing
Simple refunds
Curators
Early Access
DRM-free installers
Demo and/or trial versions
Subscription-exclusive features
Cross-purchase with phones or consoles
Redeem game keys
Redeem pre-digital-era retail keys
Sell/earn in-store features for wallet credit
Remote play (from client PC or cloud server)

Social features

Social features; generally simplified as in "all features of a platform that allows two or more users of the platform to interact with one another," with the exception of game-based interactions (multiplayer etc).
Feature Arc Games Launcher
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Bethesda.net Launcher
Epic Games Launcher
Discord
GOG.com key
Itch.io Client Kartridge Client
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Microsoft Store
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Rockstar Social Club
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Nickname change
Friends list
Friends activity records
Chat
Customizable profile
Community forums*
Game gifting*
User reviews
Library sharing

Game features

Features that games of a platform might use. This section is highly tied to the Developer features section.
Feature Arc Games Launcher
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Bethesda.net Launcher
Epic Games Launcher
Discord
GOG.com key
Itch.io Client Kartridge Client
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Microsoft Store
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Rockstar Social Club
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Cloud saves
Overlay
Native mods support
Achievements
DRM-free executables*
Version rollback

Developer features

Features that are available to developers to use in their games. This section is highly tied to the Game features section.
Feature Arc Games Launcher
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Bethesda.net Launcher
Epic Games Launcher
Discord
GOG.com key
Itch.io Client Kartridge Client
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Microsoft Store
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Rockstar Social Club
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Opened submissions
Matchmaking / master servers
Account tied Anti-cheat
Microtransactions support
Cloud storage

Special features

Special platform features:

Steam

Launcher/Client features:

  • Create installers from installed games
  • TV Mode

Social features:

  • Community guides
  • Screenshot cloud

Developer features:

  • Inventory support

GOG

Store features:

  • Digital feelies (Digitalizations of physical accessories included in some 80's and 90's game boxes.)

EGS

Social features:

  • Support a creator program

Itch

Developer features:

  • Pay what you want
  • Choose store-developer revenue split