Xbox One players will not be able to identify themselves by their real-world names at launch next month, a Microsoft representative confirmed with Kotaku today. Instead, players will be identifiable through their Gamertags only, just like on Xbox 360 today.
Confirmation of the news comes after Microsoft this week released a video detailing the Xbox One's new Friends hub. In the video, players were identified by their Gamertags, not real their legal names.
"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," a Microsoft 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."
Sony's PlayStation 4 will allow users to identify themselves by their real names if they choose, though it is not clear if this will be supported at launch next month.
The PS4 launches in North America on November 15, with the Xbox One following on November 22.