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Rumor: Xbox 360 Fall Update to Bring Parental Timer

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Awesome so we are going to be getting a parental timer… well what is it?

We all know about the parental controls on the Xbox 360 that give the parents the ability to not play any games over a certain rating. So if you don’t want little Johnny playing Gears of War you just set the parental rating to that level. Well stopping him playing GOW is one thing but the problem still exists that Johnny is jamming away to Guitar Hero all afternoon and not doing his homework…

Now it is being rumoured that Microsoft are going to be releasing a Parental Timer in the fall (spring for us) update. This will enable a parent to set a time limit for gaming, so Johnny can jam Guitar Hero but only for 2 hours and then the Xbox will lock down.

While Johnny may be upset this could very well be a deciding point in the Christmas mayhem. I know a few parents would be more willing to pick up a console if they knew the kid wouldn’t use it all day and night.

This is one idea that Sony should be stealing straight away and if this rumour is false, well Microsoft and Sony now have a great idea that needs to be implemented….

Rumor: Xbox 360 Fall Update to Bring Parental Timer – Kotaku

Last Updated: September 5, 2007


  1. koldFU5iON

    September 5, 2007 at 08:39

    This is an awesome idea, not that I have kids or am one (in the physical sense) but I remember the day’s I was “ment” to be studying, I probably would’ve got better grades! what an awesome selling point although… this has to happen on gamertag level right? what happen’s if I want to play after little johnny? or if Johnny steals sussies profile?


  2. LazySAGamer

    September 5, 2007 at 09:05

    I would have thought this would be linked to the Xbox itself, you bring up a valid point about the sisters profile but I would guess the parents would have a password to bypass this…

    Do you get passwords per profile?


  3. doobiwan

    September 5, 2007 at 12:27

    I’m just worried my wife is going to use it on me!


  4. Max0991

    September 5, 2007 at 13:06

    I believe Vista has this already


  5. LazySAGamer

    September 5, 2007 at 15:19

    @Max, seriously? I haven’t seen that… I guess if they have implemented it before then they would just ‘port’ the logic over


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