Microsoft is finally opening up the gamertag system on the Xbox to enable players to pick whatever name that they want. The system being used is similar to what gamers may have already experienced on Steam or Discord. What that means is that the Xbox Live gamertags will have a # number after them if they have already been taken by someone.
The change is immediate with gamers now being able to use up to 12 characters for their gamertags. There’s no need 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 also be auto-formatted to show the suffix in a different font so that the focus always remains on the name.
Those who do decide to change will need to keep in mind that it’s only the first change that’s going to be free of cost. It’s going to cost $9.99 per change after that. The dedicated webpage from where gamertags can be changed is now live.
Microsoft has also said that it’s going to expand the system to add support for additional character scripts. This will enable gamers to pick names in more than 200 different languages.