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Last Updated: Wednesday November 07 2007 20:00 GMT

Timer will switch off your gaming

Xbox 360 consoles

Your parents could have a much bigger say in how long you spend gaming this Christmas if you play on an Xbox 360.

The company behind the console have come up with a new piece of technology called the Family Timer that can turn off your console on its own!

That means if your parents think you spend too much time gaming, they will be able to stop you.

The console will warn you before it switches off, to give you enough time to finish a level or save your game.

The timer will let parents or adults decide how many hours you can play a game for - either per week or even per day.

The Family Timer will be available as a download through Xbox LIVE from December.

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