How to play games offline with the ROG Ally

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Jul 06, 2023 Written by:Whitson Gordon

The ROG Ally is designed to play all your games, wherever you go — even if you don’t have an internet connection. Whether you’re on the road, in the air, or trekking through the Rocky Mountains, here’s how to play your games offline with the ROG Ally. 

This is part of our ultimate guide to the ROG Ally series of articles. 

While many games and game launchers are designed to check in with their online servers periodically, many will allow you to play offline — usually with some precautions in place to prevent piracy. The process for setting up offline play is a bit different for each launcher, so you’ll see instructions for some of the most popular ones below. Note that this doesnt work with games that require an online connection to function (like online multiplayer games), and not all game modes may be available without Wi-Fi. If you’re unsure, check the system requirements of the game in question to see if it needs an always-on internet connection. Make sure your cloud games are synced before you leave for your trip, too. 

Steam: Steam has a built-in Offline Mode that allows you to play games when not connected to the internet. To use it, you just need to log into Steam online before your trip, checking the “Remember Me” box to ensure you stay logged in, and verify the game is all updated. When you go offline, Steam should give you the option to start it in Offline mode, at which point offline-friendly games will be playable. Note that you may need to connect to the internet every few weeks so Steam can “check in” with its servers for Offline Mode to continue working. You can read more about Steam’s offline mode here

A screenshot of the Steam launcher with the Go Offline option highlighted.

Xbox: If you’ve purchased a game from the Xbox or Microsoft Store, or you subscribe to Game Pass, you can play games offline on one of your logged in devices. While connected to the internet on your Ally, open the Microsoft Store app, click your profile picture in the upper right corner, and select Settings. Switch the Offline Permissions option On. Note that only one device per account is allowed to play games offline, and you can only change your designated offline device three times per year. After changing this setting, you’ll need to launch the game(s) in question at least once online before you’re able to launch them offline. You can read more about the Xbox app’s offline functionality here

A screenshot of the Microsoft Store app with the Offline Mode option turned on.

Epic Games: For titles purchased from Epic Games, you’ll need to enable Offline Mode before you disconnect from the internet. Open the Epic Games Launcher, click your profile picture in the upper right corner, and choose Settings. Check the Enable Offline Mode Browsing box, and the next time you go offline, you should be able to play your offline-ready games from Epic as usual. Read more about Epic Games’ Offline mode here

A screenshot of the Epic Games Launcher settings with the Offline Mode option highlighted.

EA App: To use the EA App offline, make sure you’re logged into the app while connected, then click the menu button in the upper-left corner and select Go Offline. If you start the app without an internet connection, it should ask you if you’d like to continue in Offline mode (provided you’re already logged in). 

A screenshot of the EA App with the Go Offline option highlighted.

Ubisoft Connect: Ubisoft Connect should automatically launch in Offline Mode when you don’t have a connection, provided you logged into the app before disconnecting. To manually switch the app into Offline Mode, click the menu button in the upper left corner and click Go Offline. You can read more about Ubisoft Connect’s offline mode here

A screenshot of the Ubisoft Connect launcher with the Go Offline option highlighted.

GOG Galaxy: Since GOG Galaxy is a DRM-free service, an internet connection is not required to authenticate your account with the server. You can start GOG Galaxy and launch a game as normal when offline, provided the game itself does not require an online connection to play. 

A screenshot of the GOG Galaxy game launcher.

If you have a launcher that isn’t listed here, look up instructions on how to play games offline for that launcher and the process should work the same on the Ally. For more tips and tricks, check out our full guide to the ROG Ally. And if you haven’t picked up your device yet, you can grab it from Best Buy at the links below.  

Model Type Where to Buy (US) Where to Buy (CA)
ROG Ally (Ryzen Z1 Extreme) Handheld Best Buy ASUS
Best Buy
ROG Ally (Ryzen Z1) Handheld Best Buy  
XG Mobile (Radeon RX 6850M XT) eGPU ASUS
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XG Mobile (GeForce RTX 4090) eGPU ASUS
EXcaliberPC
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Memory Express
ROG 65W Gaming Charger Dock USB Hub Best Buy ASUS
Official ROG Ally Travel Case Case Best Buy ASUS
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