According to a report today from VG 24/7, a Microsoft representative said that Xbox Live real name feature will be available at some point but won’t be active when the Xbox One launches in late-November.
In an interview with Kotaku, the representative said real identities of Xbox Live gamers will be a part of the Xbox One plan, but until an update is delivered players will need to search for their friends using Gamertags.
The comments come after the demonstration this week of the Xbox One friends app, which essentially acts as a social network on Xbox Live. However, during the demonstration only Gamertags were used.
“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 Microsoft representative said.
Earlier this year Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison told Kotaku that he sees the trend of using real identities of players gaining popularity with the Xbox One.
"I think you will see a general movement toward more real identity on Xbox One and on Live in general,” Harrison said.
Sony will also offer a similar real identity option with the PlayStation Network for the PS4, but VG 24/7 reports no confirmation on if that feature will be available when the next-gen console launches on Nov. 15.
The Xbox One will launch in the United States and 12 other markets on Nov. 22.