Xbox One real name IDs unavailable at launch

Microsoft's plan to allow Xbox One users to identify their friends by their real names is being postponed to a later date.


Sometimes you just want to call people by their real name, and not xxHaloKillerz420xx. Microsoft plans on letting Xbox One use their real names on Xbox Live, however that feature won't be available at launch.

"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 rep told Kotaku. "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 delay is somewhat notable, given that Sony plans to implement similar real name integration into its user interface. However, other new Dashboard features, like the ability to store 1,000 friends and the optimized friends app remain in line for the Xbox One's launch.

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    October 16, 2013 6:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Xbox One real name IDs unavailable at launch.

    Microsoft's plan to allow Xbox One users to identify their friends by their real names is being postponed to a later date.

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      October 16, 2013 6:37 PM

      Privacy and spam reasons, something which Sony has show zero concern for in the past

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        October 17, 2013 2:06 AM

        Sure, Microsoft cares about your privacy, just ask the NSA.

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          October 17, 2013 5:14 AM

          "They really do! We hired to hire twice the number of teen hookers to bribe their sysadmins than Cisco before they let us install the snooping software," -NSA

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      October 17, 2013 2:53 AM

      Well surely they would approve of microsoft's privacy policy even when the kinect records your reaction for the targeted ads.

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        October 17, 2013 12:07 PM

        Well, at least they dont let out millions of users info and CC#s
        If you cant do something right, dont do it

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