Xbox consoles limit download speeds while you play a game to reduce interference with its network features or multiplayer performance. While downloading is currently faster when the Xbox is in idle mode, Microsoft will soon allow gamers to increase their download speed while the console is still on with a new “Suspend My Game” option in the Xbox Download Manager. .
According to Eden Marie, Xbox technical manager, selecting “Pause my game” pauses the bandwidth used by your games and instead allows your downloads to run at full speed.
You can resume your game at any time if you decide you prefer to continue playing and let your downloads run in the background. Xbox Series X / S users can even use the console’s Quick Summary to resume exactly when gaming left off.
Suspend My Game is available in the latest Xbox Insider Program Dashboard update for Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One. You can download the Xbox Insider Hub app from the Microsoft store to join the Insider program to try out the feature early, but it will roll out to all Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One consoles in the coming weeks.
How to pause games on Xbox to increase download speeds
Here’s how to use the new “Pause My Game” feature that improves downloading once it’s available on your Xbox console:
- Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide menu.
- Go to My games and apps> View all> Manage> Queue.
- On the Manage Queue page, select “Suspend my game.” Your console’s download speeds will automatically increase.
- When the downloads are complete, you can resume playback from where you left off.
Xbox Insiders can try cool stuff like “Pause My Game,” but Microsoft is constantly adding new features to their consoles for all users. The most recent monthly update adds a new FPS boost mode which increases frame rates for backward compatible games on Xbox Series X / S, fixed some long-lasting controller disconnection bugs, and more. Make sure your system updates regularly.