Quick Resume has been billed as one of the defining features of Xbox Series X’s offering, allowing you to toggle between different games at will. From what we understand, this functionality works like an evolved version of the PSPgo’s old Suspend Mode, which effectively allowed you to create a custom save state in the game that you were playing. The difference with Microsoft’s next-gen console is that you can have multiple titles paused, and toggle between them at will.
During its PS5 UI demonstration, Sony didn’t announce Quick Resume for its console, focusing on Activity Cards, Picture-in-Picture, and other features of the system experience. However, some fans have been trying to figure out whether the system supports an alternative to Quick Resume regardless.
One thing that users have noticed is the Switcher in the console’s Control Centre. When playing Sackboy: A Big Adventure, the whimsical platformer’s icon appears to the bottom left of this menu tier, between the home button and notifications icon:
However, in the demonstration, when the user jumps to Destruction AllStars, the icon changes to the logo for the Lucid Games developed launch title. One important thing to note here is that the PS5 never informs the player that the Sackboy: A Big Adventure application will be closed, suggesting it’s stored in the background. You’ll remember that, on the PlayStation 4 specifically, you’d be notified of an app closing if you ever tried to boot something else:
But before Sackboy: A Big Adventure even fully loads, the Control Centre actually shows a different icon where the Switcher is located. It’s basically three layered squares – presumably representing different applications. It’s not confirmation, but it alludes to Quick Resume-esque functionality:
One other thing of note is that towards the end of the demonstration, when the console is put in Rest Mode, the text mentions that you’ll be able to “suspend your games” – plural:
Obviously, we’ll still need to wait for some kind of confirmation and further explanation from the platform holder, but it looks like you’ll be able to toggle between multiple titles at once, if that’s what you want to do. Is this a feature that you're holding out hope for on the PS5? Switch tabs in the comments section below.