"Do Not Disturb" Mode Coming to Xbox One

No disturbo.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

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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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #1 SIGGYZtar 3 months ago
    Do game consoles even do that? Pull you out of a game so you can play another game bc you responded to an invitation?
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  • Avatar for Captain-Gonru #2 Captain-Gonru 3 months ago
    @SIGGYZtar Yeah. You would have to accept the invite, but yes, it has been there since the 360 days, at least (never played online with the original Xbox).
    I frequently will play something I can walk away from while waiting on friends, then jump into their game via invite once they are on.
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  • Avatar for touchofkiel #3 touchofkiel 3 months ago
    Can't you just put your online status to show as being offline? It's what I do (on PS4) when I'm deep in 'do not disturb' mode.
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