The May 2021 update for the Xbox Series X|S has arrived, bringing with it some much requested fixes. These fixes are for the Quick Resume feature, including improving its stability and performance–for a more reliable and quicker experience.
The biggest fixe to Quick Resume is the improved reliability and loading times when switching between games, which were some of the complaints from players. The update also helps to makes it easier to distinguish what games support Quick Resume. Whatever you’re currently playing will have a tag letting you know if it supports the feature. The game library will also now have a Group that lists all the titles currently saved in Quick Resume.
Quick Resume is one of the features that differentiates the Xbox Series X|S and the PS5. I allows you to keep up to six games suspended in the background, letting you switch between them whenever you see fit and without having to reboot them. This was great in theory, but not so much in practice. That’s why this update is a welcome one.
In addition to these fixes, the update also implements passthrough audio for media apps. This means you’ll be able to turn on a setting that allows audio decoding from apps like Disney+ and Apple TV to go right to an external sound system. Essentially, it skips the console, and improves sound quality.
The third big update surrounds parental controls. Now, parents can approve specific titles for multiplayer gameplay for their child’s/childrens’ accounts. Parents can now prevent certain multiplayer features in games using tools in the Xbox Family Settings app. Additionally, children can send a request to unblock multiplayer for those games.
Lastly, the update also include minor tweaks as well. The iOS and Android Xbox app now lets you turn on notifications for when your friends go online. The Game Pass library will now play game trailers when you focus on a title (like Netflix). Finally, there’s a new animated background for Xbox Series X|S called motes.