Good news for Windows 10 users who are into games and use to travel a lot, sometimes being caught in places that lack online coverage. From now on, more and more games that can be downloaded from the Store will support offline play, and this feature is mentioned in the description of each game that has it.
According to the Xbox team, “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. While playing offline, some features, such as the ability to purchase additional items from the Windows Store, will not be available. Additionally, any leaderboards will be unavailable while you’re offline.”
Unfortunately, players won’t be able to make in-game purchases when they’re offline, but it’s not sure if “games with network co-op or multiplayer features” will not work while offline. Gamers who played Gears of War 4 when disconnected have confirmed that campaign and LAN multiplayer worked without any problems, but for now, we don’t have more information about other games.
The only catch is that gamers are limited to one “designated offline device” at a time, and they are able to use other offline devices only three times per year. And it’s not easy to switch into offline mode either, but we’ll explain all the steps that gamers must take to do that:
First, they will set the designated offline device and that the device has the latest Windows updates. If not, they must head to Start > Settings > Update and security > Windows Update. Then, they will visit the Store (they will sign in by selecting the Me icon) and in Settings, under Offline Permissions, they will set toggle to on.
Then, while you’re online, launch each game that you’re planning to play offline and log into your Xbox Live account. Then, exit at any time and continue to play without an internet connection.
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