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Parental Controls to Be Offered on Xbox

Robie Bach, Microsoft’s chief Xbox officer, announced that its new video game console would the first to include a parental control that can restrict children’s access to inappropriate content.
“We're big supporters of the creative concept on a console and that people can have a broad range of content, but we also believe that parents should have the right tools to be able to keep track of and manage what their kids are playing,'” Bach said. Xbox’s system will let users block games according to their ratings, and set a password to prevent kids from playing with it. Neither Sony nor Nintendo offer parental controls on their game consoles, although Sony’s Playstation 2 has a password-controlled parental block on its DVD player. The control will be available when the $299 game system debuts November 15.

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