Xbox One: A parent can mark an account for their children and choose what age-level is appropriate for them, according to Polygon. The system travels, so the same restrictions apply wherever the child goes.
For children 8 or under, the system defaults to the settings for their age, which can be changed manually.
Unlike Xbox 360, there’s no parental timer.
PlayStation 4: The system’s parental controls can set the control level for playing a game or application that has parental control restrictions, as well as use of the Internet browser, Sony said.
Children’s accounts can also be set to control the ability to use chat and messaging features, post and view user-generated media, and make PlayStation Store purchases.
Those accounts also can’t link social network services or use real names or profile pictures.
The bottom line: The PlaySation 4’s biggest downfall is that parents have to create sub accounts for their children, writes Brian Crecente at Polygon.
Those accounts can’t be converted into a main account, so your children will not be able to “grow up” on the console without giving up the content they’ve already purchased.
Crecente also said the parental controls are “a bit confused,” and use an “obtuse rating system that isn’t clearly explained.”
Crecente praised how parental controls on the Xbox One were designed, but complains it does not have a parental timer or curfew. PS 4’s parental controls also lack those features.