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Xbox Insider updates bring new parental controls to Alpha and Ring 3 members

A pair of new builds is headed out to members of the Xbox Insider Program on the Alpha ring and Ring 3. With this release, Insiders on both rings are getting a look at a new Activity Report feature, which lets parents keep an eye on how their kids are using their Xbox. Ring 3 members, meanwhile, are getting their first look at some of the social features Microsoft previously announced (opens in new tab) and has been testing in the Alpha and Beta rings.

Here's an official look at what's new from the release notes for the Alpha ring and Ring 3:

Alpha

DETAILS

  • OS version released: rs2_release_xbox_1704.170401-1900
  • Available: 6:00PM PDT 4/5 (1:00AM GMT 6/4)

NEW FEATURES

  • Activity Reports: Activity reports are now available on Xbox One! You can now monitor your child's activity on Xbox One including web browsing, app & game usage, screen time limits (where available), and purchase history.
  • To access activity reports:
  • Navigate to account.microsoft.com/family.
  • Sign in with your Microsoft account, and ensure there is at least one child account in your Family.
  • In the top menu bar, navigate to the Family tab, select your child, and select Activity next to their account.
  • Under Activity reporting, switch the toggle to "On".
  • Check back in 24 hours to view your child's activity on Xbox One.

Fixes

  • Miscellaneous fixes and improvements.

Known Issues

  • 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.
  • Wireless Display: The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

Ring 3

Details

  • OS version released: rs2_release_xbox_1704.170330-1900
  • Available: 6:00PM PDT 4/5 (1:00AM GMT 6/4)

New Features

  • Welcome to 1704 on Xbox One! This month we're rolling out several feature updates inspired by your feedback. You can read more about the features coming in this update on the Xbox News Wire. NOTE: Not all planned features for this update are available at this time.
  • Activity Reports: Activity reports are now available on Xbox One! You can now monitor your child's activity on Xbox One including web browsing, app & game usage, screen time limits (where available), and purchase history.
  • To access activity reports:
  • Navigate to account.microsoft.com/family.
  • Sign in with your Microsoft account, and ensure there is at least one child account in your Family.
  • In the top menu bar, navigate to the Family tab, select your child, and select Activity next to their account.
  • Under Activity reporting, switch the toggle to "On".
  • Check back in 24 hours to view your child's activity on Xbox One.

Known Issues

  • 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.
  • Wireless Display: The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

6 Comments
  • Microsoft are are on a roll. And things are really going to hot up tomorrow with the scorpio reveal. Exciting times ahead for sure!!! :o)
  • yep, its raining good stuff!!! except for mobile
  • Creators Update is a bit of a non-event for advertised and showcased features on PC.
  • This is great! I was expecting gaming time so long ago, finally is getting there.
  • Hmm good
  • Make sure you have a USB with the Offline Update tool just in case. My Xbox did the update this morning and lock up. I used the USB and then did the update again. Everything is working now.