Microsoft is making some changes to its Xbox gamertag system to allow gamers to choose any name that they want to use. The changes make the gamertag system function like the systems used on Discord or Steam, which means that you can pick any gamertag (username) that you want, but if the name is already taken a hashtag with a number after your pick will be added.
If you’re comfortable using your existing name, you don’t need to do anything, but if you want something different, Microsoft now allows you to change it to anything you want for free the first time, then it’ll cost you $9.99.
How to change your Xbox gamertag to anything you want
Use these steps to change your Xbox Live gamertag:
Sign-in with your Microsoft account associated with your Xbox Live account.
Type your new gamertag. (You can only use up to 12 characters. You can’t use numbers, but spaces are allowed.)
Click the Next button.
Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).
Once you complete the steps, your gamertag will be updated to the new name. If you change your mind, you can change it again, but it’ll cost you $9.99.