How to Limit Download Speed of Xbox Game Pass for PC

If the game pass for PC is using up all the internet bandwidth, follow these steps to limit Xbox Game Pass for PC download speed.

Xbox app uses almost all the available bandwidth to download a game as fast as possible. If the game is relatively small then it will be downloaded in a matter of minutes or hours depending on your internet speed. However, for bigger games like Gears, it can take a few hours or days even with decent internet speed. In those cases, allowing the Xbox Game Pass for PC app to use all the bandwidth can hinder your other internet activities.

To deal with that, you can limit the download speed of the Xbox app. That way, the game will continue downloading in the background and frees up some internet bandwidth for browsing and streaming. So, without ado, let me show you the steps to restrict download speed in Xbox Game Pass in Windows 10.

Steps to Limit Xbox Game Pass for PC Download Speed

To limit the Xbox app download speed, you have to change the Delivery Optimization’s bandwidth settings in the Windows Update page. Here are the steps you should follow.

  1. First, open Settings with “Win + I” key shortcut.
  2. Click on “Update & Security“.
  3. Click the “Delivery Optimization” tab appearing on the left panel.
  4. In the right panel, click the “Advanced Options” link.
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  5. Here, select the “Absolute bandwidth” radio option.
  6. Now, select the “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background” checkbox and set the download speed in Mbps field.
  7. Select the “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground” checkbox and set the download speed in Mbps field.
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  8. Settings are saved automatically.
  9. Close the Settings app.

That is all. From now on, the Game Pass for PC app will limit itself to the download speed you set in steps 6 & 7. For instance, I limited the Xbox app to use only 35 Mbps of the full 100 Mbps connection. So, that’s all it uses.

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Do keep in mind that when you change the above settings, the Windows Update download speed will also be limited.

If you want to remove the limit, uncheck the “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background” and “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground” options.

Wrapping Up

Xbox game pass for PC is one of the best things that happened to me. If you don’t mind not owning a game, with a monthly subscription you can play a wide range of games from shooter to role-playing to racing to simulation. In fact, all most all first-party titles from Microsoft are available in the Game Pass library. Since there are a ton of games to play, setting a download speed limit for the Xbox Game Pass client will give you the best of both worlds at the cost of total game download time.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you are using Steam or Epic Game clients, you can do the same thing there too.

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