Guide: What Exactly Is Quick Resume On Xbox Series X|S?

We've been hearing a lot about Quick Resume over the past few weeks and months, which is a brand new game-switching feature being introduced with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

There's been quite a bit of confusion about how this feature works, as well as why it's been so highly praised in previews thus far, so we thought we'd take this chance to clear up any questions you might have.

What Is Quick Resume On Xbox Series X|S?

Like the instant resume feature on Xbox One, Quick Resume allows you to jump right back into a game from where you left off without being required to load it from scratch again.

However, the difference this time around is that you can use Quick Resume with multiple games, allowing you to switch between them near-instantly with no waiting around for loading times.

Why Would I Want To Switch Between Multiple Games At Once?

You wouldn't! Very few of us would ever switch between multiple games within a rapid period of time, but Quick Resume works even when you've turned the console off - in fact, you can even unplug it!

Ultimately, Quick Resume is meant for players who regularly switch between their favourite three or four games over weekly, monthly or even yearly periods, which should save some serious time in the long run.

OK, So How Many Games Can I Use It For?

Based on early previews, there doesn't appear to be a set number of games Quick Resume is compatible with, so this is up in the air for now. At the very least, you can expect a handful of titles to work simultaneously.

Does Quick Resume Work With Older Games Too?

Yes! In fact, those who have been fortunate enough to get their hands on the Xbox Series X for preview purposes have been testing Quick Resume almost exclusively with backwards compatible titles.

And better yet, Quick Resume also works with games stored on external drives (HDD or SDD), and you can even use the feature with disc-based games, although obviously you'll require the disc in the drive to play them.

What Are The Critics Saying About It?

We've heard some fantastic things about Quick Resume so far, and here's a sample:


"In conjunction with Game Pass, where I'm often jumping between multiple games I have downloaded anyway, Quick Resume truly shines. With Quick Resume, Xbox Series X showcases some genuinely innovative next-gen tech we don't even see on gaming PCs. It's kind of a game changer, literally."


"I kinda slept on that a little bit... Now, having played a bunch of games with Quick Resume, right now, for me, this is the sort of game-changing feature of Series X."


"This might be the coolest software feature of the Xbox Series X. Quick Resume allows players to toggle between several active games at once, rather than having to close out one title before loading another. In my experience, games load between five and ten seconds, and my character is always exactly where I left them."

Are you looking forward to the Quick Resume feature on Xbox Series X|S? Let us know below.