The Xbox Insider community will be testing out new message safety settings for the Xbox One this month prior to a public release in the near future. The new optional messaging filtering system will feature four tiers of filtration levels to hide everything from light trash talk to deeply offensive language, while also giving gamers the option to only apply these filters to people outside their friends list, or only apply them to videos, images, and animated content they receive.

The new settings will be rolled out later on this month for members of the Xbox Insider program, which allows gamers to test out upcoming features and help fine-tune them before a larger-scale public release. Xbox wasn't ready to say when the new offensive content filter will release for the masses, simply opting to state that it would be coming in the near future.

The different levels of filtering start with Friendly, which will see only the safest messages being displayed, with potentially offensive language triggering the filter. This will be the default setting for all Child Accounts created on the Xbox One. From there, Medium allows a bit more leeway for trash talk, with messages containing words like "trash," "sucked," or "slaughtered" still being displayed, while refraining from showing messages with more offensive language. The Mature setting will only filter out words that are almost-always intended to harm users, while the Unfiltered setting will allow for gamers to have completely unfiltered conversations with their friends and other that they meet online.

It does not appear that the settings can be applied on a per-user basis, but rather simply to those on one's friends list and those outside of it.

Being able to customize different tiers of message filtering is a great step for making online gaming a safer space for users, while also retaining freedom for users who may not want or require them. As the video above shows, it doesn't take long to go and adjust the settings when required, and the ability to allow gamers to potentially take a peak at censored content if they'd like to is a good idea, too. Of course, that feature can be disabled so that children couldn't try to override what the offensive content filter opted not to show them.

If successful, it's likely that the offensive content filter will make its way to the brand new Xbox when it releases, too. The upcoming Xbox is speculated to be more advanced than the PS5, though no industry insiders have been able to pen down the release dates for either console. Many are pointing to 2020 as an expected release window, which wouldn't ultimately give the Xbox One's upcoming offensive content filtering system a lot of time to test itself in a live environment against the vitriol often seen in online gaming.

In any case, the new message safety settings are an optional feature, and if they serve to make online gaming a safer space for all without impeding the freedoms of those who don't want or need it, it's a pretty big win-win scenario for Xbox gamers around the globe. The content filtering system will also work in conjunction with the Xbox chat systems on both PC and mobile devices, too.

Source: Xbox