Microsoft announced they'll be revamping the Xbox Gamertag to support duplicates, although they will be denoted with a number afterwards. They will also be rolling out new alphabets, so as to ensure their international fans can do the same.
"We feel that all players should have the opportunity to portray who they are as a gamer and build their identity within the Xbox community. In order to achieve this, we’re revamping the Xbox Gamertag to empower players around the world with more choice in how they represent themselves", Microsoft wrote.
Microsoft's Gamertag and alphabet updates are apparently available today on PC and Xbox Game Bar, but the changes might not show up immediately on mobile devices and consoles, which the company plan to amend with various updates throughout 2020.
From now on, you'll be able to use any of the following alphabets:
- Basic Latin
- Latin-1 Supplement
- CJK Symbols for languages in China, Japan, and Korea
Next up is the duplicate Gamertag, and if your desired tag is taken, "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."
To make your tag even more recognisable, Microsoft will decrease the suffix font size, so that the main focus is on the name.
Note that this changes nothing for existing Gamertag holders and the company said that if you're happy with yours - you can kick back and relax.
Additionally, if you happen to see someone without a number suffix to their tags, you can bet your behind you're looking at a veteran player, such as Microsoft's own Major Nelson.
In related news, Xbox's Phil Spencer said that the next-gen Xbox will come with a disc drive, as he thinks the market for physical games will be there for a while more, but it's safe to assume that the next gen will feature an SKU as well.