There are now several different game distribution platforms for PC gamers, from Steam to GOG to Epic Games. Not to mention the games you will buy and install from DVDs. With so many different methods of acquiring your games, it can be difficult to keep a large collection of PC games organized.
Fortunately, Launchbox exists to help you organize your game collection in one place, regardless of the installation method.
What is Launchbox?
Launch box started life as a GUI for DOSBOX, an emulator for older DOS games. It’s now a lot more, providing support for modern games and other emulation platforms.
This means that in the same dashboard you can have your favorite Nintendo ROMs, your original PlayStation ISOs, and your modern game collection. Battlefield V will sit right next to Duke Nukem 3D, no questions asked.
The sad news for Linux gamers is that Launchbox is Windows only, although work is underway to port it to Linux. To install Launchbox, you need to head to the Launch box website and enter your e-mail address. You will receive the download link in an email, along with links to videos and support guides.
You will also receive information about Launchbox Premium, the advanced version of Launchbox with additional features. Once the download is complete, launch the installer. This is a fairly typical Windows installer file, so you shouldn’t experience any difficulties.
Add your games
When you start Launchbox for the first time (and have closed the initial Home screen), you are prompted to start searching for games on your PC. There are six options to choose from, depending on the type of games you want to import.
For example, if you want to import your Windows games first (including those available from GOG or EA Origin stores), choose the option “Search for Windows games”.
Press “Next” at each step. You may have to wait a few minutes while your folders are searched and the games are located. Your games should then appear in your Launchbox dashboard once you’re done.
While importing games from some platforms like GOG will only search for games that you have installed, importing your Steam games will show any games that you have purchased but do not currently have on. your PC.
Once you’re done, if you want to import more games in the future, click “Tools” at the top, then “Import” and select your platform.
Big Box for TV games
An additional advantage of Launchbox is its “Big Box” interface for your TV. This is perfect if you are looking to play your retro or PC games on a bigger screen.
The only downside is that you will need to purchase a Launchbox Premium license to access the Big Box interface. Launchbox Premium gives you access to Big Box as well as additional support for joysticks and custom themes. It costs a one-time fee of $ 20 for a lifetime license with one year of updates. You can pay $ 50 if you prefer lifetime updates.
You can purchase a Launchbox Premium subscription from the Launchbox site. Once you have a subscription, import your license by clicking on “Free vevqrsion” at the top left of your Launchbox interface. From there, click on Browse and import your license file.
With this in place, you can start Big Box by pressing Ctrl + B on your keyboard or by selecting “Big Box” from your dashboard menu. You can also launch Big Box automatically from Kodi, the popular media center, with a community plugin.
Keep your game collection organized with Launchbox
Launchbox is not designed to replace Steam. Instead, it works in conjunction with it and other distribution platforms to help you keep your games organized and in one place to access them. Thanks to the Kodi plugin, you can even combine your PC and retro games with your favorite media center.
Do you use Launchbox to organize your games, or do you have another recommendation? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.
Image Credit: Launchbox Big Box via Launchbox