Xbox is revamping its gamertag functionality to allow Xbox gamers to truly be able to express themselves in a way that matches their identity and gamers can also now choose any gamertag, even if it is taken.As detailed on Xbox Wire, starting today, and throughout the next year, the Xbox Gamertag will be getting new features and options across PC, mobile devices, and Xbox One

consoles.

Microsoft is unveiling a new display option for gamertags, as well as support for 10 new wordwide alphabets, including Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement, Hangul, Katakana, Hiragana, CJK Cymbols for languages in China, Japan and Korea, Bengali, Devanagari, Cyrillic, and Thai.

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This change will support over 200 commonly spoken languages and will allow users to create such gamertags as “SeñorBúho#5405” or even “닥터 부엉이#1882.”

The new display option will allow Xbox owners to choose a gamertag even if it is already taken by someone else. If you choose a gamertag that is already taken, Xbox will automatically assign you the name with a #-symbol and unique number on the end to ensure all know who is who.

To illustrate this change, Microsoft provided a guided example of how these changes will look in the Xbox Game Bar:

  • A – An example of an updated gamertag in Hangul
  • B – An example of a gamertag the player chose not to change. This player was the first person to pick this name and is still known as “Pit Bear” with no change in experience.
  • C – An example of an updated gamertag in Cyrillic. In older experiences that haven’t updated yet, this player will continue to be known as the previous gamertag, Elder Red59233.
  • D – An example of a gamertag that was already taken. This user was given suffix ‘#1056’ because Doctor Hoot was already registered.

These updates are available now and will show up for fans in the new Xbox app for PC and Xbox Game Bar, and will show on mobile devices and on consoles over the next year.

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Microsoft does stress that current Xbox players can keep their existing gamertags without any further action and no change in experience will occur. Players with original gamertags will never have the assigned suffix attached after their name.

Lastly, existing Xbox players can change their gamertags, but do understand that if you do, you will lose and relinquish your original gamertag.

For more on IGN’s E3 coverage, stay tuned to IGN’s E3 2019 hub. Be sure to also check out the list of confirmed E3 2019 games and the list of games that won’t be at E3 2019.


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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who is happy to see Xbox expanded the options for gamers to express themselves. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.



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