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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Let's keep in mind that when real names are put in, it will be an option..no one at Microsoft has said they plan to replace Gamertags with real names.

Excuse the bad typing above, I was on the way to work

HawkMan said,
being less anonymous could however bring a lot of desired maturity to online gaming.

Indeed fair point, it would just seem a bit strange to me.

I don't mind using my real name on Facebook, however having played PC games on-line since 1999 it just doesn't appear to be "the done thing" in gaming circles.

HawkMan said,
being less anonymous could however bring a lot of desired maturity to online gaming.

Unlikely. The use of (mostly) real names on Facebook hasn't exactly turned FB into a pinnacle of maturity and decorum.

smot said,
Unlikely. The use of (mostly) real names on Facebook hasn't exactly turned FB into a pinnacle of maturity and decorum.

Yeah, but at least you know John is an ass and Melinda is a drama queen.

InsaneNutter said,
I hope this never becomes the norm. It would be a very unwelcome move. Most gamers have always preferred and alias.

Google Play Games already has this major privacy leak. That's why I don't use it and i don't use Google's Open ID for same reason.

FloatingFatMan said,
Bad idea. Using real names makes it easier for weirdo's to trace you.

And on the flip side, it makes it harder for weirdos to use the service anonymously.

I don't think real names where going to be mandatory, but an option to sing in/search with.

xbox already allows you to use facebook to find friends though.

HawkMan said,
I don't think real names where going to be mandatory, but an option to sing in/search with.

xbox already allows you to use facebook to find friends though.

You already can sign in with your 'real' email address and find friends with their email address.

Having it say 'John Smith' really isn't needed.

Mobius Enigma said,

You already can sign in with your 'real' email address and find friends with their email address.

Having it say 'John Smith' really isn't needed.


I'd agree, but only if you could leave comments on your own buddy lists to remind yourself of who's who, if anything. (as most MMOs are doing now)