According to a post made by JasonX1 over on the Xbox.com forums, he spotted some potential Fall Update facts on the back of his recently purchased Guitar Hero III keychain. More specifically, the keychain text hints at a new family timer and reads ...
- A simple tool that lets you manage how much time your kids spend on their Xbox 360.
- Manage time in daily or weekly increments. Easy for parent to suspend or add time.
- Available in December 2007 only through Xbox Live.
As you can see, the text doesn't solely mention family timer options for GHIII and instead uses the broad "Xbox 360" label. Interesting stuff. Oh, and don't count your Fall Update releasing in November chickens just yet, we have a feeling our update eggs will hatch this December.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
11-03-2007 @ 1:45PM
As a gamer: How dare they limit my 360 time!
As a parent: Genius!
11-03-2007 @ 2:11PM
If you can go in and easily add time credit to their accounts, I see a lot more homework getting done when kids come home from school.
11-03-2007 @ 2:19PM
I don't even want to think about the headaches necessary for this to work.
I would have to turn off auto sign in on my main account, and set it up so the xbox doesn't remember my password so that my kid can't just log into my account and give himself more time.
This would require a memory card with my profile on it... that i remember to take out of the box and hide somewhere.
Given that my son is only 10 days old, no big deal right now.... just thinking about the implications here.
Also... didn't the spring update launch the first week of spring? and last fall update came out well before the holiday shopping season began? hmm...
11-03-2007 @ 2:21PM
2# The parents have to find out about the feature first. My parents don't care about videogames and don't know how they work so I don't have to worry. I don't have any homework that I can't do in School anyway.
11-03-2007 @ 2:43PM
so they actually just screwed us on a fall update. Its a "Winter" Update. eh?
11-03-2007 @ 2:50PM
No-one said Microsoft were obliged to make dashboard updates every season, so we're not being screwed out of anything.
I wish they'd just make it more streamlined and faster - I'm sick of the pauses and slow reactions of the dashboard as a whole.
11-03-2007 @ 3:02PM
the awesome said...
Winter doesn't start until December 21st, so any update coming out before then would still be a fall update.
11-03-2007 @ 3:04PM
"so they actually just screwed us on a fall update. Its a "Winter" Update. eh?"
December 1-21 is still Fall.
11-03-2007 @ 3:12PM
I think that is great. It is a very socially responsible move on the part of Microsoft.
In fact, I'm sure more than parents will be using it. I might use it to limit MY time on the box. No more 3 hour Puzzle Quest sessions.
11-03-2007 @ 3:29PM
Another reason Xbox is better than PS3, they actually think outside the box (or Xbox?). They can easily use this feature to sell more Consoles, and assure parents that their kids can have the #1 wanted videogame system, but not at the cost of their grades.
11-03-2007 @ 3:32PM
Wow a timer that limits time on the Xbox. I know how hard it is for parents to walk into the next room and tell their precious snow flakes to turn off the console. Great Job, Microsoft, for thinking of the children.
11-03-2007 @ 4:02PM
I felt a great disturbance in the force...as if millions of 12 year olds suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
11-03-2007 @ 4:08PM
The best thing they could add in the fall update is the ability to remove games from your gamertag/gamerscore or at least the arcade demos. Its such a simple thing that would bring such great happiness.
11-03-2007 @ 4:36PM
props to MS. can u imagine how hard it is for a company to limit the use of its own product? now we know for sure that we are in their hearts. maybe even moreso than money.... well I can dream can't I?
11-03-2007 @ 4:57PM
How about having kids that listen to their parents and don't need this to limit their xbox time? When the parent says you have 30 minutes, you have 30 minutes...
11-03-2007 @ 5:26PM
Obviously you didn't see the story about the kid punching his mom for stopping his Halo 3 time. It wasn't that easy for her!
11-03-2007 @ 5:34PM
Grendel Pr1me said...
@ Anyone who will complain about the lateness of said fall update.
You need to keep in mind that this is the first real time that we've ever had an evolving platform like this. Don't become so jaded and cynical that because the company that provided your machine to you, continues to improve it, you feel like it's a right if they're late.
Think of all the years we wiled away with our NES, SNES, N64 and Playstations without nary an update to that software because they didn't have that chance.
Suck it up, and thank your console manufacturer, whoever they may be, that they continue to make your horrible case of undiagnosed ADD even worse.
11-03-2007 @ 6:24PM
That is fascism, how could they limit their kids 360 times.
11-03-2007 @ 7:36PM
@ SoxFan13 - Thank you so much for that link, what a story! Some times women will just overstep the mark! (JOKE!!!)
11-03-2007 @ 8:59PM
This should cut down the kids with high pitched voices on my Halo 3 time...
Thank you MS.... Thank you.