Xbox has confirmed that sharing game clips directly from Xbox consoles and PCs (via the Windows Game Bar) to Twitter has been disabled, likely due to Twitter’s API changes. While Microsoft hasn’t offered a reason for why this function has been removed, it does come in the wake of a new Twitter policy that charges companies a starting fee of $42,000 per month for API access.
Microsoft is now advising that users make use of the Xbox mobile app to directly share clips on Twitter from their accounts. The Xbox DVR system has been fairly popular for sharing clips online since its inception, as it’s relatively simple to tap a button and show off a noteworthy moment of gaming within seconds.
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.
— Xbox (@Xbox) April 20, 2023
With the release of the Xbox Series X|S consoles and an upgraded Xbox wireless controller, this process became even easier thanks to a dedicated capture button on the peripheral, which could be set up to capture a specific duration of content. Handy stuff for when you only want to share 15-30 seconds of video capture or a single screenshot.
Since Elon Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion in October 2022, massive changes have taken place at the social media platform so that it could become profitable. Mass layoffs at the company and numerous policy changes have resulted in upheaval across the gaming industry, with one notable example being World of Warcraft losing its built-in Twitter support, likely in response to Twitter’s plan to charge for API access.
Musk has also proposed charging developers up to $100 a month for “API access with ID verification” as part of an effort to crack down on “bot scammers” and “opinion manipulators,” and this week saw the removal of blue checkmarks from legacy accounts on the platform. This has resulted in a number of gaming companies losing their checkmarks due to being unwilling to pay up.
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