It seems like every other week we are reporting on yet another feature that will not be available for either the PS4 or the Xbox One at launch. And while the latest delayed feature isn’t as big of a deal as, say, the PS4 not supporting a Bluetooth or USB headset, it’s still a disappointment regardless.
The latest coming out of Microsoft‘s camp is that the Xbox One will not support real name IDs at launch – meaning gamers will only be able to list gamers on their friends list by Gamertag. As we mentioned, not exactly a deal breaker, but still a feature that would have been useful to have out of the box.
Kotaku posed the question of a real name ID delay when they noticed the option was missing from a recent Xbox One friends app demonstration. In the video, the app identifies gamers by their Gamertag — a longstanding moniker on Xbox Live — but did not feature an option for using a player’s real name.
Kotaku then posed the question as to why the option was not include and received this response:
“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. 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 good news is that Microsoft still plans to allow gamers to arrange their friends list by real names, even if the feature won’t be available at launch. Microsoft plans to provide the real name option in an effort to remove some of the anonymity associated with online gaming and encourage their player base to “play nice” with each other. They’re trying a similar thing with their reputation system on Xbox Live, which allegedly will keep the “good” players with the “good” players and match the trolls with the trolls.
With Microsoft increasing the friends list limit from 100 friends to 1,000, a feature like this could have been immensely useful. Sure, those of us with only about 20 friends (present company included) might be able to tell HaloFan420 from Fenix4Lyfe, but as a person’s friends list grows so does confusion over who’s who. Hopefully Microsoft can get this feature out the door sooner rather than later.
How important is a feature like using real names on your friends list? Can you wait a little longer for the feature to become available?
Microsoft’s Xbox One releases November 22, 2013.