Microsoft and Twitter came into conflict after recent changes to the social network. Unfortunately, this has already affected Xbox users, who have just lost access to a popular Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One feature.
In case you don't remember, Twitter revealed days ago the fee for the use of its API (application programming interface), which amounts to $42,000 USD per month. Faced with this, Microsoft refused to pay the fee and dropped Twitter from several of its platforms and the Xbox integration.
Thus, Xbox users can no longer share content and upload it to Twitter directly from a console or the Windows Playbar. This provoked anger from many gamers and some of them lashed out at Elon Musk and his management of the social network.
XBOX GAMERS LEFT WITHOUT A POPULAR SOCIAL FEATURE
Through its social networks, Xbox confirmed that its players will no longer be able to share to Twitter directly from Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One or PC. They will now only have the alternative of doing so via the Xbox mobile app.
"We have had to disable the ability to share game uploads to Twitter directly from the console and Game Bar on Windows. You can still share your favorite moments to Twitter via the Xbox app for Android and iOS." the company revealed.
Reactions were not long in coming and gamers lamented this decision, as the feature is apparently very popular among the community. Some fans complained and blamed Elon Musk for this, so they lashed out at the executive for taking away access to a feature of their consoles.
On the other hand, there was also criticism of Microsoft for not wanting to pay for API access to keep the social features of their consoles intact. There are also fans who believe it is the best decision, as they agree with not paying Musk.
Now, PlayStation gamers are wondering if something similar will happen in their ecosystem. It's unclear, as the feature is still active on Sony consoles as of this writing.
Elon L— DANNYonPC (@DANNYonPC) April 21, 2023
Stop being cheap Xbox— Scott Albrecht (@ScottTAlbrecht) April 21, 2023