You actually can pause Outriders in singleplayer… if you've got an Nvidia GPU

Outriders is the latest game to prevent players from being able to pause when they’re in its singleplayer mode, a common annoyance familiar to players of Souls-likes, action-RPGs, and basically any game-as-a-service that isn’t Warframe. Thing is, you actually can pause Outriders when you’re playing it alone. You just have to have access to Nvidia’s Ansel, as discovered by Redditor Aced-Bread.

Owners of Nvidia GPUs will be familiar with GeForce Experience, the software that downloads driver updates and forgets your password. It also comes with a photo mode called Ansel that you can enter in supported games by pressing Alt-F2, then zooming around in free-camera applying post-processing filters and so on. Outriders is one of those supported games and, when you’re not partied-up, you can use it to pause then finally go to the toilet, answer the door, let the dog out, pay attention to your loved ones, or whatever.