Xbox’s Quick Resume Will Finally Show You What Games Are Suspended

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Screenshot: Microsoft

This month’s Xbox update will bring changes to Quick Resume, including, at long last, an ability to see what games you currently have suspended on your Xbox Series X or S.

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Last year, Microsoft’s next-gen Xboxes received attention for improved performance and graphical fidelity. But Quick Resume—a feature that allows you to juggle around half a dozen games in a suspended state—was the secret star of the show, at least in terms of features that felt new and novel and truly “next-gen.” When you consider how familiar the rest of the Xbox Series X/S operating system felt, being able to quickly jump in and out of different games felt groundbreaking by comparison.

Still, Quick Resume launched in a far from perfect state. Games would support it one week but not the next. It was unclear how many games, exactly, you could juggle at once. Worst of all, you also couldn’t tell what games would work with the feature, nor what games you currently had suspended with it. Unless you had a photographic memory or took extensive notes, you could very easily close down a game you thought you had suspended, potentially wiping unsaved progress.

Following the May update, you’ll be able to organize games in your library via a tag that indicates Quick Resume support. If you’re playing on Xbox Series X or S, you’ll further be able to create a group that “lists all the games currently saved in Quick Resume.” As with other groups, you can pin it to your console’s dashboard. (We mentioned both of these in our wishlist for the Xbox Series X and S. So, Microsoft, if you’re reading, that wishlist now also includes, ummm, uhhh, me getting one million dollars. And a pony.) Microsoft also says Quick Resume will get faster. Currently, it takes about seven seconds to tab between games, so any improvements there will be marginal.

There’s also a new dynamic background called Motes. It’s pretty, if a little reminiscent of the PlayStation 5’s start-up screen, albeit done up in Xbox green:

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Screenshot: Microsoft

But the May update isn’t all peaches and gravy. In the future, “game titles featured in the spotlight on the Game Pass hub will play trailers when you focus on them.” You’ll have to click to hear the audio, but it still sounds a whole lot like those super-annoying trailers that automatically play when you flip through Netflix. Fingers crossed for a setting that lets you turn those off.

Staff Writer, Kotaku

DISCUSSION

jase0205
jase0205

I don’t know what prevented them from having these “at a glance” options in Quick Resume at launch. I hope in the future they allow me to pick and choose what gets put into the state. Having a game like Warzone or Destiny 2 in Quick Resume is pretty inconsequential compared to, let’s say, a vast RPG I can’t save on a whim. I imagine like all things Microsoft will continue to tinker and improve the experience, so here’s hoping my wish makes the cut one day.