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New Xbox Preview build brings screen time limits to Preview Alpha members

The Xbox team has started to roll out a new Xbox One Preview build to members of the Preview Alpha ring yesterday. The new bits bring screen time limits to restrict how much time child accounts can use the console each day, but there is also a fix for a home screen issue that appeared after signing in with automatic sign-in enabled.

The new OS version is rs_xbox_dev_flight.170206-2328 and you can find the full changelog below:

NEW FEATURE:

You can now enable screen time limits for any child accounts in your family on Xbox One.

To get started…

  1. Navigate to https://account.microsoft.com/family.
  2. For a child who has logged in to the Xbox One previously, select the screen time link to the right of their profile. If you do not have a family set up, or a child in your family, you will need to invite them by selecting the Add a child button.
  3. After you select the screen time link, you’ll be taken to the screen time page where you can enable screen time limits for the child, and adjust daily allowance and time limits.
  4. Once configured, your settings will be applied to your child’s account when they log in to your Xbox One enrolled in the Xbox One Update Preview.

NOTE: When your child runs out of time, they will be signed out of their profile until a parent grants more time by entering their passkey on the Xbox One, or by configuring screen time settings at https://account.microsoft.com/family. When the time limit expires, it will not turn off the Xbox One. If you encounter any issues or have feedback, please let us know via Report a problem.

FIXES:

Edited out sign in bug as it was an editorial mistake – not fixed till next week – sorry!

  • Home: Resolved an issue which caused the Home screen to flash briefly after signing in with automatic sign-in enabled.

KNOWN ISSUES:

  • Cortana: Cortana may be too responsive to phrases which sound like “Hey Cortana”. The development team is continuing to tune and improve this. • Cortana may take a long time to respond when activated while playing certain games. • Scheduled Cortana reminders will not provide a notification if the user who created the reminder is signed in, but not the current active user.
  • Ubisoft Club: When launching the Ubisoft Club app, the screen automatically starts scrolling down, and prevents the user from scrolling back up.
  • EA Access: The EA Access app may indicate you are not an EA Access subscriber when you are. This does not affect your ability to download or play games from the Vault, or receive discounts on EA titles.
  • Guide: Microsoft Edge webpages which have been pinned on the Guide Tab fail to launch the webpage.
  • Screen Dimming: The screen may dim after a short amount of time while viewing videos in certain apps (Hulu Plus).
  • Settings – Ease of Access: When enabling the Mono output setting in Ease of Access – Audio, Settings becomes unresponsive, crashes, and fails to launch on subsequent attempts. Workaround: To launch Settings, perform a hard reset (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).
  • Settings – Display & sound: The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.
  • IGN: The IGN app launches and immediately crashes to Home.
  • Wireless Display: The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

As usual, you can download this update by opening the Xbox Guide and navigating to All Settings > System > Updates. If the Xbox team is satisfied with the feedback, this new preview build may roll out to members of the Preview Beta ring in the coming days. Stay tuned to OnMSFT to get all the latest news about the Xbox Insider Program.

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Do you think screen time limits is a welcome addition?