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. 

Xbox Series X|S May Update Fixes Quick Resume, Includes Other Improvements

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.