Microsoft removes Xbox gameplay video sharing to Twitter after API payment hike

Yet one more Microsoft product is eradicating its Twitter integration shortly earlier than the social media platform’s new high-priced API plans go into impact.

This time it is Xbox.

Final week, Xbox avid gamers started to note that they may now not share online game clips to Twitter. The function was beforehand constructed proper into the console and allowed customers to report gameplay and share their favourite moments proper to the social media platform.

“We’ve needed to disable the flexibility to share recreation uploads to Twitter instantly from the console and Recreation Bar on Home windows,” the official Xbox Twitter account replied(opens in a new tab) to some customers who observed the removing of Twitter sharing. “You’ll be able to nonetheless share your favourite moments to Twitter through the Xbox app for Android and iOS.”

Xbox’s assertion provides information of a further removing from the Recreation Bar obtainable on Home windows computer systems, which permits comparable display screen recording and social media sharing performance.

The official Xbox Twitter account additionally provided(opens in a new tab) a step-by-step information for what customers might do as a substitute.

That different mainly instructs Xbox customers to report gameplay that they wish to share as regular, then go to the Xbox app on their cellular system, discover the clip, after which manually share it to Twitter.

Whereas Microsoft didn’t specify that Twitter’s new API pricing is the rationale for this transformation, it appears very possible. Not like the faster and now-defunct technique of sharing Xbox clips to Twitter, Xbox’s sharing different doesn’t use Twitter’s API.

Earlier this 12 months, Twitter unveiled plans to sundown its longstanding free API system. Below its new proprietor Elon Musk, the corporate introduced its new paid-tiers simply final month with a beginning value for enterprise API entry priced at $42,000 monthly. Consequently, many indie builders had been compelled to shut their Twitter-based purposes or operate with out Twitter integration altogether. 

However, it wasn’t simply small corporations that handed on paying Twitter. Large corporations like the web customer support platform Intercom and Microsoft have determined to not subscribe to those high-priced plans too.

Xbox is not the one Microsoft product to drop Twitter both. Simply at some point earlier than the Xbox change, Microsoft additionally introduced it will be eradicating Twitter integration from the social media administration function in its Microsoft Promoting platforms. Once more, that is possible as a consequence of Twitter’s new exorbitant priced API plans.

Microsoft possible will not be the final firm to drop Twitter both as a consequence of its API pricing. The query is: Who’s subsequent?

Originally posted 2023-04-26 16:28:34.