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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Oct 17, 2013

Use Of Real Name At Xbox One Launch Has Been Postponed

Love it or hate it, the fact it many web services are pushing people to use their real names. It’s been a growing trend for years, and both Microsoft and Sony are letting players on the new Xbox One and PS4 use their real names instead of their account names if they want to. Of course, it isn’t a requirement, but undoubtedly they’ll both be encouraging gamers to go ahead and use their real names.

Don’t get me wrong, using a real name has some advantages as it makes it a lot easier to find users and see who exactly it is that’s talking with you. But if you were hoping to hide your “SephirothxAries” Gamertag at the launch of the Xbox One, you’re going to be a bit disappointed. Microsoft made the announcement that that particular feature was being postponed for the time being, and would not be available at launch. A Microsoft representative had this to say.

“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.”

Sony is planning on letting folks use their real names as well, but at this time it’s unknown if they will be rolling out that particular feature at launch or not. We’ll undoubtedly hear more from them as we get closer to the PS4’s launch date.

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