If you've been playing video games since the days of cartridge systems (like me), then you're probably amazed at the communicative features of modern systems—but also kind of miss the privacy and silence the SNES and Sega Genesis offered.
You'd plug in a game, and boom. That was your whole experience. No messages popping up, no Friend Requests lighting up your screen, no background noise save for the tinny chiptunes of your favorite titles.
Microsoft wants to give us a chance to retreat to distraction-free gaming on the Xbox One. Starting today at 6 p.m. PST, Xbox Insiders enrolled in the Alpha ring will receive a system update that offers a "Do Not Disturb" online status.
When activated, the Do Not Disturb status quiets notifications and lets your friends know you're not up for playing with them. Think of it as a succinct way to tell your buddies to go fetch a chicken dinner without you.
Gaming is supposed to be a relaxing, regenerative experience, so make sure to respect your pal's wishes when they hang up that Do Not Disturb sign!
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