The lights are on
Last week reported that Microsoft won't have its real name friends option ready for the console's launch. That prompted questions about Sony's plans for the publicized feature.
Sony has confirmed to Kotaku that PlayStation 4 users will be able to share their real names on November 15. This is merely an option, and there will be different privacy settings that allow users to control who gets to see the additional detail.
The PlayStation 4 is due on November 15 in the United States, with release coming to over 30 other territories on November 29.
Our TakeWhile some may choose to avoid this option altogether, for those that don't easily remember their friends PSN IDs, it's useful. I know that should I ever decide to share my ID, it will likely only be with select friends. Having a more detailed level of control over this information will be useful.
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It makes sense, since Sony was doing it in the first place & didn't just tacked it on.
I liked using Blizzard REAL ID with select friends, so that's cool.
I still like the quasi-anonymity and mystique of the user name, though. Don't destroy the magic of the Net for me.
Same as you Mike, I will only have close friends and family see my real name. At least in the beginning, then we'll see how that turns out.
Ummm no thanks. ..... real friends will know who y r by gamertag... and all those from all over the world I friend.... don't need to know.. hey buddy now all I need is your social security number lol
i ... will probly stick with using my username as always but ... it would be easier if ppl used their name so i knew who half the fellow overblooders on my list were , or it'd be nice to be able to 'nickname' them on your friends list like steam ...(for same reason)