Microsoft Responds to Obama's Admonition to Put Away the Xbox

Getting huffy about President Obama using video games as a rhetorical punching bag in speeches on personal responsibility is pointlessly argumentative. But Microsoft has responded to POTUS' latest call-out, this time of the Xbox.

'We agree with President Obama that it's a time for families to work together so that kids use media in ways that are safe, healthy and balanced. Xbox 360 is the only console gaming system that has a timer feature allowing parents to set time limits for their kids, as well as parent controls to enable parents to set limits on what their kids are playing and watching.'

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KionicWarlord2223470d ago

"Xbox 360 is the only console gaming system that has a timer feature allowing parents to set time limits for their kids, as well as parent controls to enable parents to set limits on what their kids are playing and watching.'"

Double true!

kewlkat0073470d ago

obviously, that would never be enabled on my console.

Imagine, your close to beating a game or a Boss or something and a TIMER starts to count down.

GAME OVER - try again tomorrow.

KionicWarlord2223470d ago

When your playing a game the xbox 360 blade comes up and shows that your time`s up .

If you put in the pass you can play longer

It shows you the amount of play time before the blade pops up.


heroicjanitor3470d ago

"Xbox 360 is the only console gaming system that has a timer feature allowing parents to set time limits for their kids, as well as parent controls to enable parents to set limits on what their kids are playing and watching."

The ps3 has parental controls(set what level you want them to play, if the game/movie is above it it won't play), but no timer, so the sentence is true but it makes you believe that only the 360 has parental controls.

KionicWarlord2223470d ago


How is it misleading if it`s stating the truth?


Gue13470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

The PS3 has those features too... And yes, it has the timer too @heroicjanitor.

Why do I have 3 disagrees? I'm just stating a fact. Didn't you know that you can set your PS3 to turn off after 1, 2, 3 or 4 hours of gameplay? Or that it actually has a parental control for games, DVD's and blu-ray? You can even block what you don't want your kids to see on the browser.

To tell you the true, if gamers don't know about this then how the heck people expect the average Joe to know then?

Here's the link for the OWNAGE

It is so great to OWN random people over the internet. =D

coolirisGB3470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

"I find the statement misleading"

"but no timer, so the sentence is true"

Whats the problem then? Obama talks about kids needing to spend less time playing games and Microsoft says we are the only ones that has a timer feature plus we have this and that.

The "ME TOO" crap iz(is) ultra turn off. I see plenty of PS3 articles you can advertise the PS3 in.


KionicWarlord2223470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

Microsft said :
"Xbox 360 is the only console gaming system that has a timer feature allowing parents to set time limits for their kids"

There not lying about that.

I just realized i didn't get owned by you...'


DMason3470d ago

It seems that more and more in this generation, Microsoft is garnishing the attention for "Video Game Branding." It used to be Nintendo.

If you pay attention to commercials and movies that involve video games, you'll see that most of them use an Xbox 360 controller. Brand recognition is vital these days, and I think that's MS's plan.

Raf1k13470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

If the PS3 also has the features doesn't that then make the statement about the 360 being the only console with those features to be untrue?

If that is untrue then that means what you said in your first post about it being 'double true' is also false right?

I think that's what heroicjanitor and wiimaniac are getting at.

edit: After a quick google search it seems the PS3 does have those features.
edit2: Here's a quote from the link:
'The PS3™ system includes parental control settings that restrict the playing of content with parental control restrictions (such as game or video content) or the use of the Internet. You can adjust these settings so that content intended for mature audiences cannot be viewed by children.'

edit3: And just to make it easier to compare:
'Xbox 360 is the only console gaming system that has a timer feature allowing parents to set time limits for their kids, as well as parent controls to enable parents to set limits on what their kids are playing and watching.'

cmrbe3469d ago

The x360 was made for kids in mind and not the ps3 LOL I kid I kid :)

FamilyGuy3469d ago

well just this part actually:

"Remember, console settings apply to everyone who uses your Xbox 360 console. You can't have different settings for different players."

Why the fvck not? Has Micro fixed that yet?

The family timer was introduced a long time ago and I'll assume Micro patented it otherwise sony and ninty definitely would have added the function to their systems.

The PS3 does have all sorts of parental settings but not that, but you can always, you know? get up and talk to your kids.

f7897903469d ago

That's not going to stop the cussing over the mics and nude pictures in Burnout.

a_squirrel3469d ago

ps3 has parental controls, and passwords....

Anon19743469d ago

Yeah, but look at how those PR weasles worded it.

"the only console gaming system that has a timer feature allowing parents to set time limits for their kids, as well as parent controls"

A timer AND parent controls. Microsoft is saying they're the only one who have both - which is true, but wording it in a way to mislead people to believe they're the only ones who have any type of parental controls.

They didn't lie, just mislead - and they can't be held accountable if people didn't understand them correctly, can they?
Microsoft's PR machine is second to none, and it has to be given some of the blunders and tactics they've employed over the years. And when all else fails and you actually get taken to court, they've got the money! Just draw out the litigation until it's old news and the public doesn't care - then just pay your fines and it's like nothing ever happened...

pixelsword3469d ago

" well as parent controls..."

To say "as well as" is to state that it is the only console with parent controls also; because when you say "as well as" you are stating that the parent controls can stand alone with the part that says "Xbox 360 is the only console gaming system that has" and still be correct.

So it's not misleading, it's a straight-up lie.

Mr Remington3469d ago

I'm not trying to put down the 360 or anything, but give me a break.
So what if a console has these features?
The kid is just going to turn the console back on anyways. And they shouldn't be able to grab a hold of video games targeted towards a more mature audience.

Bottom line is...

Parents shouldn't have to rely on software to limit their kids' play time. They should take the initiative to tell the kid to turn off the damn games in the first place.

Final_Rpg3469d ago

You know you've failed as a parent when you need your games console to do the parenting for you...

MazzingerZ3469d ago

PS3 has also parent controls, you can also block chat voice for online gaming if you the X360 has that?...not sure

ALSO you can limit the amount of money the subaccount can use per month to purchase on the PS Store...does the X360 have that? I don't think so, HOW CONVENIENT.

Also like other how point out, it allows you to block what kind of movies and games can be played lin in the X360

In general ALL the 3 consoles allow parent to control what their kids can do on their consoles.

Wii- Shows you a daily report about the activites, games playes and total time
X360 - Timer and lock games rated over children's age limit
PS3 - Lock Voice chat and games rated over children's age limit, set a limit for purchases amount

ALL of them have features that help parents THE PROBLEM is that parent have no idea about it nor are intrested on that, at the end of the day, is the parent's responsability to get interested in what their kids are doing and THAT's what OBAMA is talking about...

my mom didn't need a timer to get me to stop playing the Atari 2600 but just look at me with that special look and tell me "make your homework first and they you play 1 hour ok? only one hour"...and that's excactly waht I would do as I know she wasn't kidding.

That engagement is what OBAMA is talking about rather than "Ohhh I don't know what to do with him, he doesn't listen"...some parents just enjoy taking a break from their kids to take a smoke in piece and quiet or watch their favourite TV show/Movie uninterrupted

JaPo3469d ago

That is an absolute PR masterstroke.

Credit where it's due.

agentace3469d ago

...why are you all fighting over who has the WORST feature for gamers on a console

red5ive3469d ago

is this what flaming has resulted to? being proud of a feature that is fruitless to most of us? parental controls..... to me, you as a parent should have a more active control over your kids. if you think your kid is playing too much, tell him to get off the damn xbox. if the spazzes, smack him. c'mon guys.

Dareaver13469d ago

@Pixelswords.... saying as well means that it has both. It's not stating them as separate. It's just like when you use OR in math. Or means both, they way the use "as well" in the sentence means literally that they have both. So in essence it's not a lie.

@Mr Remington..... the timer is different. Once it expires the console can not be used by that gamer for a 24hr period. Kionic posted this which states that perfectly. So the timer is far more advanced then something that just comes on.

And with 360 you can also prevent voice chat period. You can turn it off all together. The only thing it can't do is sensor, once voice chat is enabled. The sad thing is, it's usually the kids that are cursing and saying some of the most obscene things.

Once i was playing Halo 3 with my friend, who happens to be a girl, and once the "KIDS" found out she was a girl, we had to leave the room. They were awful, and i know if their parents were anywhere close, the talking would have changed. It's a shame, but when mikes come standard and kids are left unattended, they say whatever they want to say. And all you can do is hit the mute button. But the get all juvenile and turn it into everyone kill the girl or don't get pwnd by the girl. That's why we had to leave the room.....

E3053469d ago (Edited 3469d ago )

what they really need to do is announce an easy and convenient way (@home) to resuscitate the damn thing after it rrods, not harp on the age-old news of how to shut it down, that both the PlayStation three and the Box have.

Oh well, the fanboys will find anything to fight over - just use some common sense.

jamesrocks31473469d ago

the ps3 has those features u can set it to switch off after a certain amout of time and also it has parental features. microsoft seriously what will they say next its beyond a joke

mdt hunter3469d ago

i doubt that most parents are so good with electronic that they can set
time limits or parental controls

Skizelli3469d ago (Edited 3469d ago )

@1.15: It's not a lie. It's just a failure in understanding how punctuation works.

"Xbox 360 is the only console gaming system that has a timer feature allowing parents to set time limits for their kids, as well as parent controls to enable parents to set limits on what their kids are playing and watching.'"

Is like saying:

"We're the only ones with this, and we have this as well."

The wording has a PR spin to it so people like you misunderstand it, like 1.14 says.

ID IR A G 0 N3467d ago (Edited 3467d ago )

the people on this website are pathetic. you guys are arguing about the most idiotic feature. most of the dumbness is coming from the ps3 fanboys too. it always seems to be that way.

all you people are so stupid and dont realize that obama said put away the xbox, but most likely was referring to video games in general. of course, if ps3 fanboys see xbox anywhere they must attack... what a pathetic bunch of lemmings.

Skizelli3466d ago (Edited 3466d ago )

Although I mostly agree with you, please don't call people stupid when you can't even use proper grammar to do it.

pixelsword3465d ago (Edited 3465d ago )

It can be interpreted only one way, the construction of the sentence is what makes the difference.

When using the term "as well as" as a preposition linking together (or coordinating [not as an English definition]) a pair of nouns, it means "in addition to".

When coordinating two adjectives, it means "as much as".

here's a (simple) link that show the difference:

Now, when Microsoft used those two phrases to describe aspects of the 360, those aspects of course are adjectives, which makes what they are saying false.

Dareaver13464d ago (Edited 3464d ago )

It is being used as an additional statement. But it doesn't distinguish one or the other as a separate entity. The sentence clearly states that it is the only console with a timer feature <---- you could just kill the sentence there and that's a true statement. They then added another feature which is an addition to the first one listed, but it all hinges on the fact that they have the timer which makes the sentence true.

MS probably didn't want people to think that that was it, so they had to say that.

If you want, you could reword that statement. "As well as parental controls, we are the only console with a Timer feature."

See what i am saying.

Here's a link, look at number 19, the idioms, and also a little bit below that. The statement is in reference to both features. It is still being used as an additional statement.

"as well as
conj. And in addition: courageous as well as strong.
prep. In addition to: "The rhetoric [of the Justices], as well as the reasoning, is appreciated" (Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.)"


At first i thought they were being sneaky with how they worded it, but if you really look at it, it can also come across as they were being genuine in their intentions. The key was the Timer feature, but they were like, that's not all we have.... Do you understand what i am saying?

With my analysis, i agree with what MS said, they basically said the 360 is the only console with both features. Which is a true statement.

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mrv3213470d ago

Ermm a timer feature which is somehow different to the word 'no'

If your children wants to go on a console and you don't see it as safe just say 'no'. Do your kids rule you? I'd like to think not. C'mon you buy them the games it's your fault not the producers.

If you buy you teenage boy a condom and a prostitute who's fault is it that he has sex with the prostititute?

Yours for buying him the stuff because 'he asked for it'


The prostitute for doing nothing wrong.

Parents stand your ground or stop complaining this reminds me a lot of this

kaveti66163470d ago

Dude, don't be so naive. I've seen kids talking down to their parents. This generation is very belligerent towards authority and the adults are more afraid of the children than the other way around. Anyways, the Xbox 360s feature is still useful. I mean, why bash a feature just because you have no use for it? Someone else with a 360 probably can use it.

Raf1k13470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

I agree with kaveti6616 (edit: not the naive bit lol)

Plus kids these days really are quite scary. It's a shame you can't get away with smackin'em around a bit lol. Some of 'em certainly deserve it.

You should see what kids are like around here in the UK.

edit: I also agree with you. Parents are to blame mainly for allowing their kids to play.

Wolf8733469d ago

all these laws for kids have allowed them to be spoiled, because they are aware of their rights. Not saying they shouldn't have them, but Parents should have more authority over their child: nowadays, its too easy for police or other authorities to interfere.

GiantEnemyCrab3470d ago

And they turn it around and make it marketing for their parental controls.

Well played MS.

KionicWarlord2223470d ago

Microsoft is smart on that part.


coolirisGB3470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

They jumped at the opportunity with glee. To them it was Brand boosting. Obama is also intellectual so he might have a message in his language >Buy games and consoles from companies in the states so you can help get the American economy back on track< IMO thats why he mention the BOX. Not taking away from the new found brand recognition.

Blaze9293470d ago

exactly. look how Blackberries sold after hearing Obama likes his so much. Sure he's the president but to a very large portion he's just a celebrity. "Oh he likes blackberries? So do i!" "Xbox? Sweet Obama likes and acknowledged the xbox!"

Raf1k13470d ago

lol that's what I thought when I first read it.

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DarkAzureIIIX3470d ago

But what system do he own?

coolirisGB3470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

I suspect he owns one of the powerful consoles for sports games. Maybe some of his ingame advertising and Rock The Vote console efforts gives it away.

Polluted3470d ago (Edited 3470d ago )

I know the PS3 doesn't have a timer, but can't you set it so it won't play games rated "M" and movies rated "R". I've never tried it myself, but I remember even the PS2 had that feature.

Edit: Okay I just checked on my PSP (because it was right next to me with an "M" game in it) and even that has the ability to restrict mature games.

kaveti66163470d ago

yeah, you can. The PS3 has the same features minus the timer, which could probably be put in through a firmware update anyway.

Kleptic3469d ago

yeah I think all 3 consoles have content filters...the PS3 browser has site blockers for parents to use...and you can filter what 'rating' of games or movies the system will play...

its confusing though, because its so universal for all territories...its all based on some number...rather than an R or M rating or you have to guess which number most adult content falls under...

cjflora3469d ago

The 360 has a build in timer called Red Ring of Death! ZZZZZZZZIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGG!!!! !!!!!!!!!

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