Larry Hryb (better known as Major Nelson) announced on Twitter that Microsoft has released a new update that will allow gamers to play Windows 10 games offline but there are some conditions.
— / Larry Hryb / + 1m (@majornelson) 28 October 2016
The Xbox support site affirms that most games available in the store will support offline play, however, they suggest that users check the website to make sure their game supports the added feature.
“Most games with a campaign mode will be playable offline, but games with network co-op or multiplayer features will not work while you’re offline.”
The ability to purchase additional items from the Windows Store and any access to leaderboards will remain unavailable in offline mode, while Achievements earned offline, and Cloud Saves will sync to your account the next time the internet is available.
However, the most annoying feature will require users to ‘prepare’ each individual game that you will want to play offline while still online and logged into your Xbox Live account. You will only need to do this once per game (yes, even if you’ve already launched the game prior to this release), and you’re then free to exit the game at any time.
Users will also only be limited to one “designated offline device” at a time, for example only one Xbox One, and if you wanted to switch to your Windows 10 PC, you will only be able to change your designated offline device three times per year. (WHAT?!)
The set-up for offline mode will require you to:
- Make sure that you’re online.
- Check that your device has the latest Windows updates: Go to Start > Settings > Update & security >Windows Update and see if any relevant updates are available.
- Open the Store. You’ll be prompted to sign in if you haven’t already.
- Select the Me icon (this is your profile picture).
- Select Settings, and then under Offline Permissions, make sure that the toggle is set to On.