Real names not supported on Xbox One for launch

Microsoft confirms players cannot identify themselves by their real names online at launch; support could be added later on.

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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.

Discussion

148 comments
onixevil
onixevil

Calling the real names in one kind of social media  "if it were safe"  isn't a bad thing unless we found it deals with NSA or Facebook and it's sisters which is unlikely happening in social gaming except PCs cause PC were always treated as an adopted child from many parents like there is no one real pattern we take as a basis and build upon it.     

moesuir
moesuir

Xbox is the best. The console that treats your online sercurity very seriously.

Nice to publicize users real names Sony :(

pboontap
pboontap

question: how can they tell the difference?

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Wanted to add my 2 cents. The reason for the real name push is two fold, both are motivated by money and profits of course. Easier for moderators of games and discussion sites related to games. And of course the holy grail of metadata - xbox live users. 

The most desired metadata is not foreign correspondence from potential terrorists it is the 14-50 year old mostly male demographics that are on xbox live. lol -well. Not only do you have a history of mass persons gaming habits, buying habits, movie, music, social sites, and spending habits from when they sign into xbox at a young age through school, college, work, grave. You basically have a blue print of a person or mass of persons buying and relaxation times. "but all this information is anonymous?" They have your real name, phone number, address, credit card info, social sites, even your netflix activity!! I swear that was someone else who watched entire seasons of say yes to the dress. 

Real name ID, just make the resale of this metadata that much more valuable. While the common douchebag at Hardee's will never care nor notice - if you look in today's headlines your personal data is used more and more in ways to restrict your life- not enhance it. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

Unibrow bread slice doesn't look amused, but I don't think this will slice into their profits. Blizzard tried to make/force people into using their real names and that didn't go over well, but if it's an option and not a demand, it's all good and well.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

While used responsibly, real name ID couldn't hurt anything and may even help with multiplayer gatherings. 

ON-THAT above, nothing related to xbox live since I joined it around 2002 has shown anything related to responsibility. That is why gamertags need to be used until something safer can be implemented. From cyber bullying, privacy, predators, to some dumbass kid/man calling in to work and his boss looks his name up online and sees he has been playing CoD for the last 5 hrs.

 Insurance, human resources, agencies may want to discriminate based on your online hobbies. Far fetched- well newsweek reported that most human resource officers look up a potential hire's facebook and social site activity as part of interviews. As do colleges. 

It has always been comforting that my 20680 gamerscore is only appreciated by me and the few who know my gamertag, not the rest of the world. 

lhughey
lhughey

Allowing people to use their real names is a privacy concern, especially since so many gamers are under 18.

Triton
Triton

Darn I wanted to use someones name at work that annoys me.  (lol, just joking)

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

So? Why would i care if i can't display my name on the damn console? If i really want someone to know my name i could just message it to him,

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

It doesn't really matter. I think if people could, they'd avoid using their real names online as much as possible anyway.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

Real name!?! HELL NO! I'll just use my middle name first, my last name as my middle and my first name last. I like my privacy thank you. *rubs hands together with evil grin eyes looking around* (no one will know BHHHAAHAHHAHAAHAAAAAAAA!!!)

foxrock66
foxrock66

why would you even want that? same thing with youtube constantly bugging me to use my real name, i have a handle for a reason bro

blackace
blackace

I never identify myself with my real name on forums or online gaming services. So this doesn't bother me at all. I don't know anyone who ever uses their real name for a Gametag.

GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

Another day, another Xbone blunder, another launch day feature that gets pushed back.

Let's be honest, Microsoft, the console is rushed and you should have released it next year. Honesty is good.

wyan_
wyan_

Good, but as soon as they allow it I am changing my name to Mike Hunt.

kutulu1
kutulu1

Great! So now some douchebag 12 year old kid can look you up, find out where you live and come shoot you because he didn't like the way you played COD. I see this happening in America this upcoming generation. Way to go Xbone...woohoo!

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Gamer tags is all that is needed.

Stiler
Stiler

It'd be stupid to FORCE people to use real names, that's just asking for trouble. 



kasumi45
kasumi45

Who even wants real usernames...

randalmcdaniels
randalmcdaniels

aww fiddlesticks.. i really wanted to use my full middle and last name as well as post my adress

shnelle
shnelle

Uh I like my anonymity just the way it is thank you.  Don't care about the real name feature cause I'll never use it

dysonlu
dysonlu

@moesuir  

With such dumb post,  I see your reason for not using your real name.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@foxrock66 That's the same reason I'm wary about writing stuff on facebook or commenting on GameSpot via facebook - I like my anonymity! I don't like to troll or be mean, but I like being sarcastic and joke about stuff. You never know if someone, like a current/future co-worker/employer/whatever will find that and misinterpret it. I go by various names on different sites and I like it that way.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@foxrock66 Agreed. Youtube has become insanely annoying on mobile since it always ask if I want to use my government name. I know they want to spy on me, but it's getting ridiculous now. 

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@XbotDestroyer Yeah talk about deal breaker, now that i can't use my real name on my console i may just as well give up on it all together. Great logic there mate.

blackace
blackace

@XbotDestroyer You're a mess. Anything about the XB1 is a mess to you. No one cares what you say.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@GrenadeLauncher they are chasing behind, what did you expect? They were not counting on Sony to be ready to launch so soon, and had to speed up things leaving room to a lot of contradictions until they find the right formula.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@GrenadeLauncher Well seeing how Sony are losing their entire line up of games to 2014 i'd say they could delay theirs as well.

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

@GrenadeLauncher This is a blunder? Real names aren't a serious issue, let alone something someone change their mind about buying one over.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@wyan_ If there is ever a good star wars game again where you can play a Jedi, I'll name myself Master Baitor.

TexasStuBaby
TexasStuBaby

@kutulu1 You don't HAVE to use your real name.... if you don't want to, then don't!


triton1977
triton1977

@kutulu1 Just dont reveal your identity then, if you're afraid of 12 year old kids...

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@SIDEFX1 Well giving the player the choice to display it or not is still nice thought. But definitely not necessary in any way.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@Stiler Why would they force you? Just because the option is there doesn't mean you have to use it.

triton1977
triton1977

@Stiler Yeah, it's a good thing they dont force you.

immortaltech6
immortaltech6

@triton1977 @kutulu1 

It's not a question of being afraid. Morons do stupid things all the time, and psychotic behavior is quantifiable past puberty. You take your chances just to express your manhood anonymously since you're such a tough guy. In fact, why don't you tell us your real name now, there's plenty of kids here smartass.  

triton1977
triton1977

@immortaltech6 @triton1977 @kutulu1 Just opt it out, you dont have to show your name just like it says on the article above you didn't read properly.

My name is Toni Dorff and I live in Sweden, now please send me some anthrax or yet better, a bomb.

Now let's see your name