Xbox One won't support real names for online users at launch

Earlier this week, Microsoft showed off how the Friends app in Xbox One will work in a new video. The clip shows online users with their Gamertags, as they do with the Xbox 360. However, it appears that the plan to give users the option to sign in with their real names won't make it to the Xbox One for its launch on November 22nd.

Microsoft confirmed that change of plans in a statement sent to Kotaku. It said:

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. 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 use of nicknames on online gaming services such as Xbox Live has been the norm ever since they started, and many online gamers prefer to use their nicknames in order to protect their privacy. However, there's been a movement to use real names in online services such as Facebook and Twitter and Microsoft seems like they are still planning to offer that option for Xbox One gamers at some point in the future.

Source: Kotaku | Image via Kotaku

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