Looks like Microsoft will consider allowing gamers to disable the Quick Resume feature on Xbox Series X | S in a future update.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently responded to a Twitter user who wondered why the popular Xbox Series X | S cannot be turned off. Spencer agreed, stating that the team “will put him on the watch list”.
Quick Resume is a beloved feature of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, allowing you to suspend your game at any time and pick up right where you left off. Several games can be left in a Quick Resume state, meaning you can dive back into a handful of titles without needing to completely reset the game.
A wonderful and imperfect resource
Good feature to ask, makes sense. Let’s put it on the list of things to watch out for.September 29, 2022
At least, that’s how Quick Resume works in theory. And for the most part, it works wonderfully. I was able to switch between games like Forza Horizon 5 and Ori and the Will of the Wisps quickly and easily thanks to Quick Resume.
The feature is far from perfect, however. Quick Resume rarely works well with games that have a consistent online connection. Halo Infinite especially seems to suffer, as the game’s multiplayer suite has a habit of becoming totally inaccessible when loaded from a Quick Resume state. As a result, it is much faster to exit and restart the game from the dashboard.
I’ve also had cases of games crashing when accessed via Quick Resume. It’s a rare occurrence, but incredibly frustrating as it often means losing a good chunk of progress.
It’s a shame, especially since Quick Resume pairs so well with Xbox Game Pass. Being able to download and switch between multiple games at the same time is a wonderful thing. But it’s so easy to take the feature for granted that you really feel when it doesn’t work.
If I were Microsoft, I don’t think I would include a general toggle for Quick Resume. Or not as the only option, at least. I think it would be more beneficial to be able to disable Quick Resume per game. That way, I’ll be able to load multiplayer games without any problems, keeping the feature on for the rest of the best Xbox Series X games.