Online safety feature comparison: Xbox One to Xbox 360

How the consoles differ

The Xbox One features a greater depth and breadth of privacy and online safety functions and controls than the Xbox 360 console. The following table summarizes the differences.

Note Privacy and online safety settings are controlled by the adults in an Xbox One family.

Xbox 360

Xbox One

Account types supported

Microsoft account

Xbox Live-only accounts1

Microsoft account only

Guest accounts

No

Yes

Roaming content restrictions2

No

Yes

Per-individual content restrictions

No

Yes

Content restrictions on by default

No

Yes (under age 8)

Content filtering

“Family safe” for all console users

Filtering based on the most-restrictive user3

Persistent content exceptions4

Yes

Yes

Roaming content exceptions5

No

Yes

Privacy and online safety levels available

  • On/off console-wide
  • Per-media type restrictions
  1. Monitor only (default)6
  2. Restrict content access based on maturity level
  3. Restrict content access and hide content above a specific maturity level as chosen by an adult in the family

Notes

  1. Prior to Xbox One, accounts could be created that weren’t tied to a Microsoft account. This has changed for Xbox One.
  2. Content access restrictions apply to any console on which the gamertag is signed.
  3. When more than one player is signed in, all those players are subject to the most restrictive setting among the players. For example, if an adult and a 12 year old are signed in, both players will be subject to the privacy and online safety settings set in the child’s account.
  4. If a child is given permission (an “exception”) to access content above the child account’s set maturity level, that exception can’t be revoked.
  5. Content exceptions set for a child apply on any console on which the child signs in.
  6. “Monitor only” means that the adults in the family have not set any restrictions in the family’s child accounts and will instead personally monitor the child’s uses of the console.

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