This huge Xbox 'Quick Resume' update will give users more control over suspended games

Xbox Quick Resume Update
Xbox Quick Resume Update (Image credit: Microsoft | @neonepiphany on Twitter)

What you need to know

  • Quick Resume suspends games on Xbox Series X|S consoles so they can be switched to without loading.
  • As of now, Quick Resume is a tad unreliable with games moving in and out of a suspended state without much input from the end user.
  • A new update coming to Xbox will allow you to force up to two games to remain in a Quick Resume state at all times.

One of my biggest criticisms of the Xbox Series X in my review from 2020 was the quirkiness of Quick Resume. Generally, the feature leaves multiple games in a suspended state, giving you instant access without having to fully load them back in. In practice, though, it can be a little odd.

With Quick Resume, you have no real control over what and when games become active. A game you might expect to be in Quick Resume may randomly just leave its suspended state, which made the feature feel unreliable at times. Thankfully, however, Quick Resume is getting a huge update.

As revealed by Xbox engineering lead Eden Marie on Twitter, Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Ring will soon be able to test the ability to fully control what games remain in a Quick Resume state.

By pressing the view button on a game, you'll be able to "Pin" it into Quick Resume, meaning that your Xbox will always prioritize that game for a Quick Resume status, and it won't be overridden by opening up other games.

Xbox Quick Resume Update 2022 (Image credit: Microsoft | @neonepiphany on Twitter)

Xbox Quick Resume Update 2022 (Image credit: Microsoft | @neonepiphany on Twitter)

Source: Microsoft | @neonepiphany on Twitter

Once pinned in Quick Resume, they'll display in the Quick Resume group with a pin icon in them, ensuring that they always remain ready to fire up. This system will allow you to pin two games to permanently remain in a Quick Resume state, while others will come and go as usual.

This new feature will go a long way towards making Quick Resume feel like a more consistent, reliable experience. If you're experimenting with other games but have a go-to game to play when your friends log in of an evening, leaving it standing by in Quick Resume will ensure that you're always ready to lobby up and go.

The feature will roll out today to Xbox Insiders in the testing Alpha Ring, and will typically hit the public version of the Xbox Series X|S OS a few weeks later.

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  • That's nice. I do like when it pops up that another user has a QR state on the box so you don't overwrite it.
  • Quick Resume is, by far, my favorite feature of the Series X.
  • Agreed. That and the generally fast loading times.
  • Can we force Halo to not be in Quick Resume? I believe that still breaks multiplayer...
  • It does. Their "fix"didnt seem to work at all. It would be nice if you can make a game exempt. It's easy enough to close the app though.
  • Same as Fifa. It would be nice to have the option to disable it from certain games.
  • Exactly. I want the exact opposite of this feature. I want the ability to turn off quick resume for specific games. A good option would be a toggle to 1) turn off for all games 2) turn off for live/multiplayer games 3) turn off for specific games.
  • If you quit the game, hit the home button, select the game with the menu(? Three lines) button, then go down and select quit, it won't go into quick resume.
  • Will it also become reliable for games that check in online
  • I think this is on the Devs and not Xbox to do. Due to the game not even knowing it was suspended days, weeks or months, it is understandable that this problem exists. I'm not sure if there is any way for Xbox to 'wake' the game up where it wouldn't cause stability issues. Right now the game acts as if it was just paused, what would they have to do to make it reactivate all features? If devs would just not have the online check-in time out or give us the ability to manually reactivate, this might solve it.
  • Wow that's actually a really good update to QR. I have already been enjoying QR since I've gotten my new Xbox and this will surely make it better. Keep it up Xbox.
  • Quick Resume makes zero sense for some games. Games like The Division and Elder Scrolls Online for instance. Any game that requires an always on internet connection to play.