Microsoft is at long last opening up the gamertag system on the Xbox to allow players to pick whatever name that they want. The system is similar to what gamers may have already experienced on Steam or Discord. The Xbox Live gamertags will have a # number after them if they have already been taken by someone.
The change is immediate and gamers are now able to use up to 12 characters for their gamertags. You don’t have to change an existing gamertag since Microsoft isn’t making it mandatory for everyone to change theirs. They won’t get a number added to the end of their gamertag either. The gamertag will be auto-formatted to show the suffix in a different font so that the focus always remains on the name.
If you do decide to change, only the first change is going to be free of cost. It will cost $9.99 per change after that. The dedicated webpage from where gamertags can be changed is now live.
Microsoft has said that it’s going to expand the system to add support for additional character scripts as well. This will let gamers pick names in over 200 different languages. This is pretty cool news for Xbox gamers.