At E3 2019, we unveiled
new ways to customize gamertags including a new display option and 13 additional
alphabets which support over 200 languages worldwide that empower players around the world with more choice in
how they represent themselves on Xbox. We’ve loved seeing your feedback and creative
new names show up across PC and Xbox Game Bar since that initial release,
and today we’re excited to extend these new capabilities across console and
mobile devices. With today’s Xbox update, you can now express yourself and be
seen as whoever you want to be anywhere on Xbox Live whether you’re a PC,
mobile or console gamer, or anything in between.
As part of the November 2019 Xbox Update, gamertags with
new, optional customization options will now appear in console profiles, friend
lists, messages, Clubs, LFG and more. As a reminder, current Xbox players
can keep their existing gamertags without any further action required on their
part and no change in experience from the way that it looks today. Existing gamertags
will not have a hash symbol or added numbers.
What’s coming to console and mobile devices
With this update and expanded
support for 13 worldwide alphabets, new gamertags will support over 200
commonly spoken languages so more gamers can express themselves in their chosen
language. For example, you could be “SeñorBúho#5405” or even “닥터 부엉이#1882.” Supported character sets include:
- Basic English
- Basic Latin
- Latin-1 Supplement
- Latin Extended-A
- CJK Symbols (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
- Devanagari (Hindi)
You might be asking what those numbers at the end of the
gamertag are for. Thanks to the addition of a new four-digit suffix, gamers can
now choose a gamertag of their liking, even if that name is already taken by
someone else. If the gamertag you want has already been taken by another user,
Xbox will now auto-assign an ID suffix of numbers after a #-symbol to keep
everybody unique, so there’s never any question about who’s who. The suffix
will have a smaller font size to keep the focus on your gamertag. For example,
if you want to be “Doctor Hoot,” and it’s already taken, you could now be
assigned “Doctor Hoot#1056.”
As a reminder, games are currently required to show the
suffix while you play. You will also see the suffix in out-of-game experiences
like the console UI or Xbox Game Bar so each player has a unique, visible
identity while still representing themselves the way they want.
Maintaining your existing gamertag
Current Xbox players can keep their existing gamertags
without any further action required on their part and no change in experience.
Just like when we rolled out these new features on PC and Xbox Game Bar, you
can continue to use your existing gamertag without a suffix. Existing players
can change their gamertags to take advantage of these updates if they wish, but
by doing so will relinquish their original gamertag.
If you’ve already changed your gamertag and have been using
your gamertag with a suffix on PC or Xbox Game Bar, you’ll start seeing your updated
gamertag appear on console and mobile devices once you update to the November
2019 Xbox Update.
If you want to change your gamertag using these updates,
your first change is free, but every subsequent change will cost the same
amount we currently charge for a gamertag change ($9.99 in the U.S.).
If you’d like to change your gamertag to take advantage of
these new options, click here.
For more details, please check out some of our frequently
As always, we look to player feedback to inform our products
and ensure we are creating a great gaming experience for players around the
world. So please let us know if you have any suggestions on how to make
gamertags even better at the Xbox Idea
Let me know if you have questions on Twitter: @McDanRandom
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