Microsoft Enables Xbox Family Settings for Cross-Play

Posted on December 6, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox One with 4 Comments

Microsoft announced today that it is enhancing the parental controls on Xbox One to include cross-play scenarios. And Fortnite is the first game to support this new functionality.

“Our new cross-play settings provide parents and caregivers with more choice in managing cross-network scenarios for their children who play on Xbox,” Microsoft’s Dan McCulloch says. “This includes two new settings parents can turn on or off, which empowers them to allow or block both cross-network play and cross-network communication, on their child’s account.”

Fortnite now supports this functionality and Microsoft says that “other cross-network enabled games will be updated in the future to include these settings and offer more choice for parents.”

Microsoft’s parental controls, called Family Settings, don’t get a lot of attention. But the software giant lets parents manage how their children use the Xbox using 15 customizable tools across four key categories, screen time management, purchase limits, content filters, and privacy.

There are also activity reports and a unique Ask a Parent feature that lets kids become part of the decision-making process.

You can learn more about the Xbox Family Settings on the Xbox website.


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