YOU COULD THINK that having bought an Xbox One as a gift at a bargain price on Black Friday guarantees a great Christmas, but you have not finished yet.
If you want to let anyone who has bought it skip directly on Christmas morning and come out again at lunchtime, you must take it out of its box now before wrapping it and sticking it under the tree. and establish some things first.
The most important thing to configure is parental control.
These are much more powerful than they used to be, and can really put you in control with minimal effort.
First of all, you'll have to set up your own Microsoft account, even if you can not imagine playing on the Xbox.
If you already have one, from the Hotmail or Outlook settings, or to log into a Windows machine at home, for example, you can use it as a starting point.
MyView: It's the time settings that really make a difference.
By CLIVE ANDREWS
I have two children of six and nine who are just beginning to take an interest in computer games. So after months of removing my phone to stop downloading Fornite, I decided to take the step and get them an Xbox this Christmas.
Initially, I was worried about having to constantly monitor their games, but the sophisticated configuration of the Xbox family has eliminated that anxiety.
For starters, I can block websites instantly, which means I can not trip over the appropriate YouTube videos while I'm not in the room. And after entering their birth dates, inappropriate games are automatically filtered.
But it's the time adjustments that really make the difference. The fact that you can set a screen time limit as well as the hours of the day on which use is allowed means that you can not burn all your minutes in a block before going to bed.
And the way in which they are denied access is also quite ingenious. When they run out of screen time, they will receive a message asking them to tell me about it.
I hope this gives me a useful trading chip. "Do your homework and order your room and I'll give you another half hour on the Xbox." Adding time is also simple. I will receive a request via email and I can select an extra portion of time from a list.
I'm not an enthusiast of computer games … I've only had one console that was an original PlayStation that I delivered after six months because I never used it. So I was a complete novice when it came to configuring the profiles of the children.
But once you realize that this is done on the Microsoft website and not through the console, it is quite simple. You only need to create a Microsoft account for yourself and then add linked accounts for your children. But if you're a fellow newbie, I would not recommend trying this at midnight on Christmas Eve after a few sherry.
Instead, spend one or two hours a week before the big day to specify all the parameters. Then, add the new profiles to your family group through the console before wrapping them and pasting them under the tree.
That way, you'll avoid spending a Christmas morning huddled on a laptop with impatient children opening at your ankles.
Then you can set up your family online. It is easier to do it through your website, where you can also configure and adjust those controls.
You can create a new account there for your child if you know you do not have one yet, or if you have one, you can add it to your family as a child once you have the Xbox, giving you exactly the same. controls
You will begin by setting your age to obtain a predetermined set of age appropriate settings.
Then you can customize it with a few clicks. This means that you can stop adding new friends without permission if you think you are not ready for that yet, or give them access to video chat if you know that your grandmother has Skype and would like to talk to them using that.
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How to set up a password for purchases:
- Press the Xbox button to open the guide.
- Select Settings.
- Select All configurations.
- In Account, select Start session, security and password. If you have previously required a password to change the settings, you will be asked to enter it now.
- In Login, security and password, select Change my logon and security preferences.
- Scroll to the right and select Personalize.
- Scroll to the right and select Request my password to make purchases.
- To deactivate this function, repeat this step and select No password is required.
Now a password is required to make purchases in your account.
However, it is the screen time setting where it starts to get smart.
Not only can you set the total number of minutes per day that you can play on the Xbox, but you can also block certain times with the same ease.
So, if you know you will sit down to have lunch at Christmas at 2 p.m. M., You can configure it so that the Xbox stops playing automatically fifteen minutes before and then let them continue where they left off later in the afternoon.
It gives the person who is using it a lot of warnings before going back to the main menu and not allowing anything else to start until the moment you have set it up.
Screen time management – how to do it
To set the screen time limits for your child on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices, use the online tool.
Go to account.microsoft.com/family and log in with
your Microsoft account. So:
- Find your child's name and select Screen time.
- If you want to use the same schedule for all devices, change Use a screen time schedule from Off to On. If you prefer to have separate schedules, scroll down and activate the screen time for PC and Xbox One individually.
- Establish how much time your child can spend with their devices each day and when they can use them. If you want to give them the total time you have programmed, select Max. Programmed. (Example: if you have allowed screen time from 8 am to 8 pm, you could use your devices all the time).
No more wrestling hand controllers or fights for five more minutes, once time runs out, that's all.
Times are stored on the Xbox and in the cloud, so even if you disconnect from the Internet, the limits you set the last time you were online will apply.
When you run out of time on a given day, you can choose to extend it from the console itself or from any computer.
Log in with your account and you can extend the time allowed in your free time, but only after the dishes are finished, the room has been fixed or has been walked.
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MANY games these days require patches before you can play them, even if you bought them on a disc.
Due to the number of people who start consoles for the first time at Christmas, the servers can be busy and this process can be quite slow.
But fortunately, you can speed up the process considerably by configuring everything in advance.
Simply connect everything and paste the game into the unit or enter the download code if it is something like Fortnite that is only available digitally.
When you start it for the first time, it will download all the updates you need and you can repackage things.
Then, when they come to plug it in for the first time, they can submerge without the inevitable wait and the moans that they would have to endure in another way.
You can also see through your account exactly what you have been doing on your PC with Xbox or Windows, so if you say that you have only played with Fortnite for 20 minutes and actually three hours have passed, you already have the information in front of you. you to back you up
Do you want more information? You can download the Xbox family configuration guide here, check out the great askaboutgames.com, which has recently been re-released.
In addition to the information you need about the games your children play, AskAboutGames also helps parents "understand more about the gaming industry and consumer relationships."
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