Microsoft files patent for automated console time limits

The idea of automatically limiting the amount of time kids can play video games is already one of the key features of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Family Settings. In a patent application, the company describes its approach for "Time-Based Access Control For An Entertainment Console," including the use of security codes and internal timers for parents to […]

The idea of automatically limiting the amount of time kids can play video games is already one of the key features of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Family Settings. In a patent application, the company describes its approach for "Time-Based Access Control For An Entertainment Console," including the use of security codes and internal timers for parents to set the amount of time their children can spend playing the console each day or week.

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