Microsoft’s Larry Hryb discussed the feature on the February 26 episode of his Major Nelson podcast with Jason Ronald, the director of program management at Xbox. Ronald explained that the Xbox One already lets you quick resume games you’re playing, but says that the SSD of the Xbox Series X lets you do that with multiple titles, instantly jumping between them to pick up right where you left each one.
Hryb then recounts a time that he admits he’ll “probably get in trouble for talking about,” during which he discovered how far the quick resume feature goes. “One of the things that I was noticing when I was in the lab when I was playing it, I was switching back and forth just real quickly and seamlessly between games, but then I had to reboot because I had a system update. And then I went back to the game and went right back to it. So it survives a reboot. That’s amazing.”
Ronald confirms that this is the case and remarks that it’s hard to go back to older consoles after using the quick resume of the Xbox Series X. “If I just want to have a quick gaming experience, I can instantly jump in have a great time, and then know that the next time I come back I’ll be right where I was,” Ronald said.
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That means you can turn the Xbox Series X on, even have it fully update the system, and get right back to a game without having to go through any of the typical loading procedures. This is just one of the features that was announced, if not fully detailed, by Microsoft after revealing the Xbox Series X power levels and the features that have been built around that.
If you want to know more, you can see how the Xbox Series X stacks up against modern PCs, or if you prefer to find out what you’ll be able to play on the next-gen console, check out the confirmed Xbox Series X launch titles.
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