This Heroic App Better Than Epic Games Launcher

The Epic Games launcher is not very good at managing large game libraries. It takes a while for the images to appear, the library only loads when you scroll past a certain point, and it’s hard to see which games are already installed and ready to play. Sometimes it is even slow to react to mouse movements. But it doesn’t have to be as the heroic games launcher proves.

Heroic Games Launcher is an Open Source application for Windows, Linux and macOS that combines your Epic Games and GOG libraries in a single launcher. In a way, it rivals the Gog’s Galaxy app for easy access to all your games, but I’m just using it as a replacement for the Epic Games launcher on my Steam Deck. On which it turned out to be an extremely easy way to access my epic games on PC—Using the Epic Games app on Steam Deck is not much fun, but Heroic works well and adds automatically installed games to the native Steam deck UI.

On Heroic, I can scroll through my games without a Pop-In, The images don’t take forever to load and when I click on them, I see all the information I need. On Steam Deck, this also includes important information about the compatibility layer used to translate games mainly designed for Windows to run on Linux. There is much more to it than that. You can import the game, check plonk versions before Installation, limit FPS, enable V-Sync, etc.

The user interface is also greatly improved. The search bar remains at the top even if you scroll to the bottom of your library, your most recently played games are the first you see and your installed games are easily distinguished from uninstalled games by their colorful portraits (which was once done by Epic, but was eliminated in an “update”).

I used to think that Epic was slow because of its beautiful large game images, but Steam manages to make its library of similar-sized images very scrollable, and in the video I took below you can see how Heroic also makes it easy.

And you will see cold boots there for both applications. I had already logged in to Epic and Heroic, but the moment I opened the applications from the taskbar, I was not running in the taskbar or in the background. The difference in reactivity is day and night.

There is even a detailed menu of accessibility options directly in the main menu with zoom functions, font families and themes.

I am struck by a few errors that are worth mentioning when using Heroic. It doesn’t always load the game details, even when I’m on wifi, but the most annoying thing was that there was a moment when none of my installed games would start and I had to reinstall some of them. Frustrating, to say the least, and fortunately, my Steam Deck is mainly used as an independent slot machine, so all the installations are quite small. This problem seems to be solved for good now, because I haven’t experienced it since.

It’s still nothing compared to the daily frustration of browsing Epic Games Launcher.

This open source launcher, largely crowdfunded and free, is so good on the Steam Deck—a rather weak small PC platform-that I wonder why my desktop computer can’t compete with the Official Epic Games Launcher installed.

The answer is simple: install Heroic on your PC. It’s possible a lot, there is a Windows Version, and that’s exactly what I did. Also, I don’t know why I need a third-party app to do what epic should already be doing. What I really want is Epic to improve its launcher on PC. Even though I enjoy Heroic Launcher and do a lot with it, something has already gone wrong when I feel the need to use it.