Battle.net, the app for all Blizzard and Activision games, hasn’t changed for nearly eight years. That’s been a long time ago, but today Blizzard B.net is causing quite a stir with a big spring cleanup change in the form of Battle.net 2.0. And currently available to consumers in North America.
Battle.net 2.0 isn’t that different from its predecessors, but the layout is definitely an improvement. Instead of listing the games on the left, they’re now at the top, creating more room for the Blizzard trailer and official news for the game of your choice. Perhaps my favorite thing about this is that the friends list is already a permanent item on the right and it better shows what your friends actually do. In the old version, you had to click the icon to bring up a separate window from your friends list, which was quite a hassle to work with.
Blizzard also says that Battle.net 2.0 is much cheaper. All of them can only be navigated using the keyboard and better support screen readers. The color contrast is also better.
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You know, it’s an app that you might be browsing every eight seconds every day, but I love its new look and how efficiently it uses space.
Battle.net 2.0 is currently only available to a few North American users, but Blizzard says everyone will get it in the coming weeks. If you are in North America and don’t get updates automatically, you can still try Battle.net 2.0 by entering the beta. Here’s a brief explanation on how to do it:
- Open Battle.net
- Click the Blizzard logo in the upper left corner of the window
- Go to settings
- Open Beta in the Settings window
- Click the “Switch to Beta” button. The new version will be downloaded and restarted automatically.
If you are not in North America, you will have to wait a little longer before trying Battle.net 2.0. However, it will be available soon. Reuters