Xbox One questions


I have two questions.  For some backstory before I get to my questions.  I currently use an Xbox One for my multimedia downstairs.  My kids however like play on it, so therefore no TV if they play.  I sometimes use the streaming capabilities to allow them to use the PC upstairs and play games (which is pretty awesome).  The downside is that I have to use a splitter and switch the source on the downstairs TV which only allows me OTA channels with no Netflix or other streaming service, because Microsoft still hasn’t developed the ability to use the Xbox while someone streams on another device (please do this). 

 My first question is if I buy them an Xbox One for upstairs, is there a way to have the games purchased show up on that console, as they have been purchased on my account and the downstairs Xbox One is set as the home console.  

My second question is regarding parental controls.  I understand there is a function in Xbox which allows for limiting time for my kids.  I was wondering if Microsoft allows both Xbox and Windows 10 time constraints and log there activity within a single login, ie Microsoft account.  As I understand it, you have to set time constraints on Xbox only on Xbox and Windows 10 only under you Microsoft account.  Also activity logs are only present in Windows 10 parental controls.   Is there something I’m missing here?  Is there a more comprehensive way to do this?

Thanks for your comments in advance,



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    Narg Alpha Member #420 - 3 months ago

    I use multiple Xbox's, all games show up on all the boxes that I own and I'm signed into.  I think there is a limit of 10 devices, so you can't push it too far.  But the ability to share games on multiple units is there.

    The parental controls are across all devices, only if they sign into that device under their own account that you have controlled.  You'd have to setup your personal account on the Xbox to require login each time, which is a pain.  But, still doable.

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      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 3 months ago

      In reply to Narg:

      Please note: the games you own can only be played when you are signed in (which will sign you out of the 2nd xbox). With a single exception you can designate a single XB1 as your 'home' system. That allows any user to play games tied to your account. On the 'non-home' system you have to sign in but that shouldn't cause you any problems until you reach my stage.


      I have 4 XB1s throughout the house and since all games for the house are bought digitally and on my account, Every game can be installed on all systems but games can only be active on two systems at anytime (with one of the two system needing to be the designated 'home' system). These means I cannot have three of my Xboxes playing different digital games at the same time.


      So I can run Gears of War 4 on both my console downstairs (my home system) and in the living room (which actually saves me from needing to buy two copies of a FPS for online multiplayer) but I cannot run three different games on three devices at the same time. A truly 1st world problem but very annoying when you have poured this amount of money into something.

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      rtodd_us Alpha Member #1012 - 3 months ago
      In reply to Narg:

      Thanks!  Awesome to know that the ability to share games is there. My kids have their own account, so good to know they work on all devices.

      Thanks again.

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      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 3 months ago
      In reply to rtodd_us:

      My kids also have their own accounts but all the games are bought on my account. 

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    inlocoabsentia Alpha Member #1634 - 3 months ago

    I think MSFT wants to apply the same policy to Xbox as to, say, a Windows Pro PC: only one active window station at a time. Allowing someone to stream a game to a remote device while using an Xbox locally basically gives you two terminals. If you wanted to stream Netflix, you could maybe use your phone to beam to a second HDMI input on your TV.