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Important Xbox sharing feature now gone, likely due to Elon Musk's Twitter

Elon Musk's new Twitter API fee may have massively inconvenienced Xbox gamers and shrunk the available engagement pool for Microsoft's gaming business.

Important Xbox sharing feature now gone, likely due to Elon Musk's Twitter
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Xbox users have lost a key social feature that helped spread gaming clips and screenshots.

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Microsoft has announced that Xbox gamers can no longer share game captures on Twitter, likely due to a new fee structure imposed by Elon Musk's controversial Twitter regime. Under the new rules, companies have to pay at least $42,000 a month (and at most $210,000 a month) to access Twitter's API, which is required to enable features like Xbox's direct-to-feed Game DVR capture sharing.

"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 official Xbox Twitter account said yesterday.

While no reason was given from Microsoft, the situation remains quite clear, especially considering Microsoft has now dropped Twitter from its lucrative advertising platform.

Social sharing is an important way for console users to engage and interact with one another outside of the actual gaming ecosystem, and the loss of direct sharing could affect Twitter's overall usage and presence among gamers. The move could also impact Xbox game awareness and inhibit gamers from easily sharing unique moments in a game directly from their console.

Also this is an important feature for Xbox because these consoles will often systematically overwrite captured screenshots and footage if a certain storage threshold is reached. Sharing directly to Twitter offered more permanence, and it was a helpful feature for reviewers like myself.

Sony has yet to comment on whether or not PlayStation will also drop capture sharing on Twitter, however we did notice that PlayStation has not been registered as an official organization on the platform.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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