At launch the PS4 will support the use of real names or an online handle which allows users to remain anonymous, Sony has confirmed to Kotaku.
The choice to use a real name is optional, and something which won't available at the launch of the Xbox One, but is something Microsoft hopes to implement down the line.
Sony says that those who choose to use their real name on PS4 will still be able to utilise a handle when playing online games if they choose.
PS4 launches in the UK on November 29.
The use of real names is commonplace on social networks such as Facebook, but there has been some concern that using such a policy in the online gaming space will lead to increased online bullying.