Confirming the news to Kotaku, the real name user ID option sets apart the PS4 and the Xbox One, as Microsoft announced last week that real names wouldn’t be immediately available for its next-gen console launch.
A Microsoft representative said the Xbox One engineering team had to prioritize some features while leaving other features for future updates.
Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison said he believes the use of real names over gamer tags will gain popularity moving forward 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 has championed the same sentiment, which allows both online gaming networks Xbox Live and PlayStation Network to feel more like a social media site.
However, the use of real names could have potential unintended consequences in terms of personal harassment and other identity issues.
The PS4 will hit shelves on Nov. 15 in North America, Nov. 29 in Europe and Brazil, and Feb. 22 in Japan.
The Xbox One launches in the United States and 12 other markets on Nov. 22.