Will Microsoft software curb Xbox addiction?

A warning will be displayed onscreen nearing the end of each session before the console is automatically shut down after a predetermined time limit.

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If you need to get your kid's gaming habit under control, help may be coming from an unlikely source: Microsoft.

Available for download in early December, the Microsoft Family Timer is a piece of software designed to restrict Xbox 360 usage on a per-day or per-week basis. A warning will be displayed onscreen nearing the end of each session before the console is automatically shut down after a predetermined time limit.

There's one sticky question, though. Does it also limit sharing among family members? A password may be a solution, but that would be far from ideal. Just imagine the hassle of punching in a password everytime you boot up your 360. Anyway, we are awaiting an official response from Microsoft on the exact mechanics.

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    Philip Wong is an A/V, PC, photography and gaming enthusiast. Besides spending countless days and late nights fiddling with his home theater system and watercooled PC, he also hits the roads frequently on his iron horse to sweat it out. Now, who says geeks don't work out?

     

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