360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

April 16, 2010 -

Yet another examination of parental controls on the current crop of consoles has resulted in the Xbox 360 being labeled the best of the bunch.

A Game Informer editor created a scenario for his wife tasking her with adjusting parental controls for a pair of fictional teen boys on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. The wife was chosen because of her lack of hands on time with the game machines.

A sampling of the article’s commentary and grades for each console are featured below:

Xbox 360 – B+
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 interface was redesigned to make the system more accessible to non-gamers. Judging from how quickly my wife found the family settings, I’d say they succeeded.

Wii – B
The trickiest part for her was finding where the settings were grouped. From there, it was a pretty simple ride…

PlayStation 3 – C
The PlayStation 3’s controls were probably the trickiest for my wife to handle. They weren’t easy for her to find, and Sony’s way of handling restrictions is a little strange.

These results jibe with a similar test conducted by IGN earlier this year, which pitted the PS3 against the 360. In that case too, the IGN tester billed the 360 as easier to use and found the PS3’s numbering system confusing.
 

Thanks Andrew!


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Re: 360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

My mother doesn't play games and is not very familiar with computers, she set up the parental controls on the Wii and 360 for my youngest brother in MINUTES. It really is not that difficult. The ESRB reports on the website are thorough enough to be quite useful (without spoiling much), and even the descriptions on the case give you a lot to go on. And if you STILL doubt it, you could always watch some videos of gameplay on-line and read a quick review (or if you'd like, could ask on a gaming forum if people think there is any questionable content in the game... just make sure to clearly state what is questionable)

There are so many ways to get the information you need and all of them are quick and simple. The trick is that you have to be a responsible parent.

Slightly more on-topic, from my own experience with all 3 consoles, I would definitely say the X360's parental control function was far more intuitive. Microsoft kept it very simple and clean to use.

Re: 360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

Issue that remains are those with agendas that pretend that either no such controls exist, or that they're exceedingly difficult to use.

Re: 360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

Is this why I unexplainably cleaned my sons room the other day? Is he using the 360 to control me and other parents? So I assume the test went well? (snark)

Re: 360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

...This lady must have been pretty dumb to have had trouble finding the Wii's settings...

Not only that, the 360 is far more complicated, at least compared to the Wii.

But, both are easy to operate, and this...er...study showed that.

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

Re: 360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

Not really. the button to even get to the settings menu is not very descriptive. But once there, I think the parental controls menu item is on the first page.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: 360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

Won't mean dick if parents don't use them, and too many don't, which leads to all sorts of complaints.

Still ,this does demonstrate how easy for it and how lazy many parents are.

Re: 360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

I know but they should prob do what Andrew said and just put all ratings in it.

Re: 360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

The PS3 has numbering because its games are region free. Not everyone uses the ESRB.

Re: 360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

Just because its region free dosen't mean Sony can't use the ESRB raiting system for it us PS3 parental control.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: 360 Again Emerges Triumphant in Parental Control Test

So include the various rating systems.  There's not that many of them and they all line up pretty well.

 

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