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Xbox 360 Lets You Keep Kids From Playing Too Much

This December’s Xbox Live update will include a new feature that lets parents keep their kids from playing too many darn video games. The Family Timer, similar to a feature in Windows Vista, lets the parent set a certain number of time per day or per week that the kid can play games, and will cut them off when they reach their limit. Parents will love it, kids will hate it, and the kids will try figure out a way to get around it.

Your wedding anniversary? Great password, mom. Never would have guessed that!

One thing Microsoft could have done was integrate it with Vista, letting you update the settings from a connected PC. This would help encourage parents to set up the 360 as a Media Center Extender, too. Of course, maybe Microsoft wants to encourage parents to pick up a controller and become gamers, so there are good arguments on both sides.

The full press release, after the jump.

November 12th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Xbox Live, Xbox 360, Xbox | 2 comments