If you’re a Game Pass subscriber and want to enjoy playing games without an internet connection, you’re in luck. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of configuring your device to access your downloaded Game Pass games even when you’re offline. By default, this feature is disabled, but we’ll show you how to enable it effortlessly.
The Value of Game Pass on PC
Game Pass on PC is undoubtedly one of the most cost-effective gaming services available today. For just a few dollars a month, you gain access to over 100 games, including day one releases. And the best part? The game library is constantly evolving with new additions each month. However, Game Pass on PC does have its drawbacks, mainly the need to use the Xbox app from the Microsoft Store. Unfortunately, this software is plagued with bugs and other issues that can hinder your gaming experience.
A Game-Changing Update
Fortunately, the latest update to the Xbox app has addressed many of these problems and introduced exciting features. Now, you have the freedom to choose the exact location on your drive where games are saved. Additionally, the update allows you to effortlessly move installed games between drives. But here’s the best part: there’s another hidden gem within the Xbox app and Game Pass that many people aren’t aware of—offline access to Game Pass games.
Setting Up Your Computer for Offline Access
To take advantage of offline Game Pass gaming, ensure that you’re signed in to the Microsoft Account connected to your Game Pass subscription. Follow these simple steps:
- Click on your profile picture and select “Settings”.
- In the left-hand pane, navigate to the “General” tab.
- Scroll down to find “Offline Permissions” and check the box next to “Offline Permissions enabled”.
- A message will appear: “To set up this PC to run games even when you’re offline, enable offline permissions.”
Once you’ve made this change, it may take a few moments for your device to be added to your list of authorized devices. Additionally, you’ll notice that you now have only two changes left. Keep in mind that you’re granted three changes every 365 days, so use them wisely. Personally, I’ve set my laptop as my offline device for mobile gaming. However, you can also share your Game Pass subscription with a friend or family member using this process. Just make sure they download all the games they want to play first and ensure their computer remains offline during gameplay. If they forget to disable their connection, Microsoft will detect a duplicate account and sign one person out automatically.
With these simple steps, you can enjoy playing your favorite Game Pass games anytime, anywhere, even without an internet connection. So go ahead, immerse yourself in the world of gaming without boundaries!