Xbox now lets you choose any gamertag even if it’s already taken – how to change your name today

Xbox now lets you choose any gamertag even if it's already taken – how to change your name today

MICROSOFT is finally letting you pick any Xbox gamertag you like – even if the username is already taken.
It means Xbox gamers won’t be forced to pick rubbish names simply because someone else got there first.
2 You’ll see numbers after some gamertags for duplicate usernames
Xbox is simply borrowing a system already used on popular gaming apps like Steam, and Discord.
When you choose a username that’s already taken, a hash-tagged number will be added on the end – to differentiate users.
So if you choose the name “GameWizard” and someone already has that gamertag, you’ll be given something like “GameWizard#1234”.
You’ll be able to pick any name up to 12 characters long, no matter who had it first.
2 Microsoft has made a number of major announcements during this weeks E3 2019 event – including giving details about the 2020 launch of an Xbox 2Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Gamertags will also support 11 different alphabets now too, so you’ll be able to use special characters to make your username look different.
If you already like your current gamertag, you don’t need to change it.
Don’t make any changes and you won’t get a suffix.
And if someone picks they same gamertag as you, they’ll get a suffix to set them apart.
It’ll be impossible for someone to impersonate you because they’ll get a hash-tagged suffix at the end of their gamertag.
Your first change on the new gamertag system is completely free, no matter how many changes you’ve made in the past.
And Microsoft will be charging $9.99 (or £7.99 in the UK).
You can change your gamertag here.
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In June 2019, Microsoft revealed that its all-new console would be coming out in 2020
It doesn’t have an official name yet – for now, Microsoft are still using the development code-name Project Scarlett
As with the next PlayStation, it’s going to use super speedy ‘solid state’ storage to drastically reduce or even totally eliminate loading times
This means your games should start up almost instantly, and there won’t be lengthy pauses between scenes, or when moving from one part of a game’s world to another
It’s going to be able to play older games too, with Microsoft making big promises about backwards compatibility
“Thousands of games across four console generations will look and play best on Project Scarlett,” they say, referring to the original Xbox, the Xbox 360, the Xbox One and the new console
The third area where they matched Sony is the chips at the console’s heart – the brains of Project Scarlett is the same AMD Navi technology at the heart of Sony’s next console
It’s not quite identical to the PlayStation chips, as both are custom-made for the companies in question
AMD promised Sony’s “special sauce” was built into their chips, while Microsoft describe the core of their new box is a “custom-designed AMD processor”
Xbox boss Phil Spencer also revealed that processor would have hardware dedicated to ray-tracing
Ray-tracing is a new technology just making it into the most expensive gaming PCs that makes lighting and sound incredibly realistic by calculating the exact path of each ray of light or sound wave through transparent objects and off reflective surfaces
This gives you much more realistic lighting and reflections as well as much more natural looking materials and objects
Sony has confirmed the next PlayStation will have something similar, but hasn’t revealed if the console will have hardware specifically dedicated to it
Finally, Microsoft also revealed that Halo: Infinite, which is first revealed at the same briefing last year, is going to launch with the new Xbox
The latest chapter in the story of Master Chief will release alongside Project Scarlett devices in time for “Holidays 2020”, meaning around mid-November

It will change your tag today, but you won’t see the new name show up on consoles until later in the year.
“You will see the new gamertag format on console later this year after a system update,” Microsoft explained.
“As we transition our gamertag system it will take time to update all experiences.”
It’s worth noting that Microsoft isn’t giving the all-clear on rogue usernames.
You’ll still have to avoid creating rude or offensive gamertags even after the update.
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Microsoft recently confirmed that the Xbox 2 would launch in 2020.
And this week’s E3 games convention saw Keanu Reeves drop by to let fans know he was starring in next year’s Cyberpunk 2077, and that the game would be available in April.
Elsewhere around E3, EA has revealed more details of its new Star Wars game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and has admitted that it’s not going to be bringing the real Fifa 20 for Nintendo Switch.
What changes would you like to see made to Xbox? Let us know in the comments!

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