Changes to Twitter means you have to say goodbye to this Xbox DVR feature

What You Need to Know

  • Recently, Twitter began charging companies an "initial fee" of $42,000 to access its API features.
  • As such, several Twitter integrations of third-party services are now closed.
  • Microsoft recently removed Twitter integrations from their ad publishing tools, and Musk threatened to sue the company in response.
  • Now, Microsoft has also removed the ability to directly share game clips from Windows 11 and Xbox consoles.

The Twitter dumpster fire continues.

Last year, Elon Musk was forced to buy Twitter for $44 billion, after reaching an agreement to acquire the company on a whim, only to immediately regret the buyer's remorse. Twitter threatened to take legal action, which led to the reluctant acquisition, and life on Twitter has been difficult ever since.

Mass layoffs, policy overhauls that encourage hate speech, and desertion by advertisers continue to plague Twitter, as Musk desperately seeks profitability. Amid all the chaos, another small blow has just been implemented for Xbox fans.

Since the console's inception, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S come with content-sharing capabilities. With just one press of a button, it can capture the previous 30 seconds of content, making it a great way to share an epic 360-degree noscope or a particularly thrilling OW POTG. Using Xbox DVR's shared feed, you could immediately upload this content to Twitter, showing off your sick skills to your friends. Unfortunately, this feature is disappearing.

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Confirmed by the Xbox Twitter account, Microsoft said it had to "disable" the ability to share game clips on Twitter directly from Xbox consoles and even the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 11 and 10. Whether similar integrations on PlayStation or Nintendo consoles will be affected is unclear.

Microsoft provided no reason, but it is fairly obvious that it's due to Twitter's new policy of charging companies a monthly initial fee of $42,000 for API access. Given the millions of users Microsoft has on Xbox consoles and Windows 10 and 11 PCs, it is not unreasonable to expect that no longer making commercial sense to maintain access to Twitter APIs, which would cost the company tens of thousands of pounds that could be spent on more productive things. The idea of Twitter charging companies for content-sharing features is complete nonsense given that Twitter is about, you know, social content—but absurd is the name of the game since Tesla's Elon Musk took over. Musk even threatened to "sue" Microsoft after it removed similar integrations from its Bing Ads tools last week.

Either way, Microsoft advises users to use the Xbox app on mobile to share clips directly from their own Twitter accounts. Microsoft could probably also implement something similar on Xbox and Windows unless Musk decides one day to start charging people for the privilege of tweeting, which is not beyond the realm of possibility given some of the other strange decisions the company has made in recent years.

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