Microsoft disables direct sharing of Xbox clips to Twitter

Apr 24, 2023, 6:12 PM UTC
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Microsoft disables direct sharing of Xbox clips to Twitter
Xbox One Controller besides three Xbox One cases. (Photo by Anthony/Pexels)

Gamers who have been accustomed to sharing their Xbox clips directly to Twitter will now have to take an extra couple of steps to share their captures. Microsoft has announced that it has turned off the option to upload screenshots and clips directly to Twitter from Xbox consoles, as well as from the Game Bar on Windows.

While this may seem inconvenient to gamers who want to share their gaming experiences on Twitter, there are alternative options available. One can use the Xbox mobile app to download console captures and share them on Twitter. Similarly, Nintendo and PlayStation offer similar ways to share screenshots and clips. Alternatively, one can copy the Xbox captures onto a USB drive and access them from their computer (yeah, this is the way).

It seems likely that Microsoft dropped the built-in sharing option due to Twitter’s recent decision to start charging for API access. This move has broken functionality for several organizations, including disaster response services. Microsoft has already announced that it will soon remove Twitter integration from its social media management tool for advertisers.

It is reported that Twitter is charging at least $42,000 per month for enterprise access to its APIs. This move has drawn a strong response from Twitter owner Elon Musk, who has accused Microsoft of illegally using his company’s data. Musk tweeted that Microsoft had “illegally” used Twitter data and that a lawsuit is forthcoming.

It is worth noting that Musk has had his share of issues with Microsoft in the past. In December, he claimed that OpenAI, whose technology Microsoft is using to power Bing’s chatbot and other AI features, had access to Twitter’s database for training. Musk, who co-founded OpenAI but later disowned the company and publicly criticized ChatGPT, also recently set up his own AI company in the hopes of taking on the likes of Google and OpenAI.

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