Online-only Outriders can be paused in single player – if you have an Nvidia GPU

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Outriders, the online shooting, looting and super power sling game from People Can Fly, finally has a way to pause, but to do this you’ll need to use an Nvidia graphics card (via Kotaku Despite working as a single player game, Outriders requires an internet connection to play meaning it was impossible to pause in the middle of a fight until this workaround. Even if your menu is open, enemies can still attack you.

Using Ansel, a feature of Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards that allows for some sort of photo mode, even in games without built-in, you can ‘pause’ Outriders by directly pressing “Alt F2”, get up and settle things. Since Ansel is specific to Nvidia’s Geforce Experience software, pausing is limited to PC players, meaning anyone playing on a console or any other brand of graphics card is out of luck.

The handling of pausing and single player content in Outriders is similar to Destiny 2, to in which it has some aesthetic and mechanical similarities. Destiny 2 sells a battle pass and annual expansions with new story content, and it justifies – at least in part – its online-only requirements with the promise of new weekly and monthly changes in the form of live events and other features.

The difference is that Outriders is being marketed very explicitly as a more traditional single-player game, with the game publisher Square Enix address the problem on his siteOutriders is a complete experience out of the box, ”it writes. For some reason, an internet connection is still required, which, in addition to hindering a basic function such as pausing the game, also seemed to contribute to Outriderslaunch on April 2 quite a messPlayers had trouble connecting to the game’s servers to play in single player and multiplayer, for which developer People Can Fly acknowledged and publicly apologized

The game seems to be working fine now, and this weird loophole in the Nvidia loophole means the single-player experience could be a little more comfortable, but Outriders certainly illustrates the ongoing difficulties in making a game online.