What is Xbox Quick Resume and how does it work

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Xbox Quick Resume lets you suspend a few games at once so that they run in the background, even when the console is turned off, allowing you to quickly get back to where you left off with no loading. Quick Resume is the result of the powerful Xbox Velocity Architecture, and even allows you to seamlessly switch between games you have suspended with Quick Resume. It's a very convenient Xbox Series X feature if you need to suddenly stop playing whatever it is you're playing to do something else, as you'll be able to jump straight back into the action in the exact place you left off - no need to reload the game and go through all the menus. If you've just got a great Xbox Series X deal and now have a few new games you want to quickly switch between, here's everything you need to know about Xbox Quick Resume. 

How to set up and use Xbox Quick Resume

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Handily, Xbox Quick Resume is automatically enabled by default, so you don't need to do anything to set it up as it's already quietly working away in the background. To use this feature, simply hit the Xbox button then select a new game to play, which will place your current game into a suspended state. When you want to return to a previous game, select it from your library and you'll almost instantly resume from where you left off.

This feature will work seamlessly across multiple games, but if you want to bypass Xbox Quick Resume for whatever reason then you can press the Xbox button and highlight the game from the guide, before pressing the Menu button and choosing the Quit option. This will fully shut the game down and remove it from your current Xbox Quick Resume lineup, so the next time you start it, you'll need to wait for it to load up again.

Does Xbox Quick Resume work with online games

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Due to the nature of online games, the way the Xbox Quick Resume function works with them will vary depending on the title. Some games may allow you to jump back into the same game mode you were playing before, perhaps even the same match if you're fast enough, while others may kick you back to the lobby or out of the multiplayer mode entirely. As there are many more variables involved compared to using Xbox Quick Resume for single player games, your experience will depend on how the developers have set up their online system to deal with suspending and resuming.

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Iain Wilson
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Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.