NEWS - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Xbox One won't allow gamers to use real names online at launch

A feature allowing Xbox Live users to identify each other by their real names in lieu of Gamertags will not be available on the Xbox One when the console launches on Nov. 22, a representative for Microsoft told Kotaku.

The feature — which Microsoft executives first revealed would be an option during the console’s unveiling event in May — would allow Xbox Live users to attach their real names to accounts and identify one another using them. According to the representative, this option has been postponed.

"While real identities continue to be part of our plans for the experience on Xbox One, at launch, customers will continue to search for friends using their Gamertags," the representative said. "Our teams are working hard to deliver a quality experience for Xbox One. This means prioritizing some features and sometimes postponing others for a later update."

The Xbox One will allow users to have up to 1,000 users on their friends’ lists. Players will also be able to "favorite" and "follow" other users. These features were detailed in a video released by Microsoft earlier this week.



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