How to see your 'time played' stat for Xbox games, and sort by play time

Luke Albigés - April 27th 2021

Now that Xbox has started tracking play time again across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC games, we decided that it would only be right to have the same data here on TA. Here's how you can get the most out of the system.

What do I need to track time played in Xbox games?

The only thing you need to see play time for your Xbox games is a Gamertag. Basic play time information is available on the device itself, but if you want more control over the data — such as the ability to sort and filter your game collection and play times to better track and review your activity — you'll also want a TrueAchievements account. If you already have one, great! Just log in as usual and you're good to go. Otherwise, you can register with us for free using your Gamertag, which should only take a few minutes.

What Xbox games support play time tracking?

Currently, the system works for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and some supported Windows 10 and mobile games, and has been made to retroactively track play time data for games played while the service was unavailable. Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles are not supported.

How do I view my time played for Xbox games on TrueAchievements?

TrueAchievements has a lot of features, so you'd be forgiven for not being able to find this one right away, especially if you're new to the community. To get started, you'll first need to open up your Gamer Menu by clicking on your Gamertag or avatar in the top-right corner of the site. Once that opens up, just hit the 'Game Collection' button to move on to the next step.

Next, go ahead and slap the 'View and Filter' button in the upper right of the screen. On the top-left of the new set of options that pops up, change from 'Image view' to 'List view,' then on the new list on the right, make sure the 'Time played' stat is checked.

How do I sort my Xbox games by time played?

That's the easy part — once you've done all of the above, simply click on the 'Time played' header at the top of the table to sort your collection from highest to lowest play time. You can click it again to sort instead from lowest to highest, but bear in mind that any games with no play time will jump to the top if you do this, so it might take some scrolling (or tabbing through a few pages) before you get to the tracked games. If you wish to filter the list, the left side of the 'View and Filter' menu has a ton of options for filtering, including genre, play/completion status, platform, categories, and a whole lot more.

Is the Xbox 'time played' stat accurate?

Not entirely, but it seems pretty close for the most part. Play time is still accrued while idle and in menus, so you might find that stated times can be higher than in-game timers. Similarly, there's some confusion over whether games accrue time while open but not in use, or while suspended to use other apps, but some numbers certainly seem somewhat inflated. All data comes directly from your Xbox account, so any errors or miscalculations are on Microsoft, not us — we don't generate this data, merely relay it!

And that's it! Enjoy the feature, go ahead and share your huge time investments with the world, and we'll crack on with working out even more cool ways to let you use and display this data in the future...