rumor becomes reality as Microsoft announced today the addition of a parental control timer to the Xbox 360. Robbie Bach, president of MS's entertainment and devices division, confirmed the new feature, dubbed the "Family Timer." Bach says that as the customer base broadens, the demand for these types of options does too.
The timer can be set to limit playtime on "a daily or weekly basis, and turns off the console when the time limit is reached." Microsoft says that 90% of parents have a restriction on video game time and this will allow them to enforce their wills without prejudice. Now if we can only get research on how many parents will actually know how to use the timer (and remember their passwords eight months later).
Additional information can be found on Xbox.com.