Xbox to Offer Parental Controls

SEATTLE (AP) - Parents worried about the content of videogames designed for Microsoft's Xbox (news - web sites) will have the option of restricting their children's access.

The head of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox division said Thursday that its new video game console would be the first to include a parental control that can restrict children's access to violent or inappropriate content.

Robbie Bach, Microsoft's chief Xbox officer, said a simple setup procedure will let parents determine what level of violent games they want their kids to be playing, based on a standard ratings system. The control will be available when the $299 game system debuts Nov. 15.

Most video games are rated for content by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board. Xbox's system will let users block games according to their ratings, and set a password to prevent kids from toying with it.

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