Xbox: Microsoft removes direct sharing of content on Twitter from consoles

Xbox: Microsoft removes direct sharing of content on Twitter from consoles


Microsoft is removing the ability to share videos and screenshots on Twitter directly from their consoles, so Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One. Users who are testing the latest dashboard update must first upload the contents via the "mobile sharing" function, which requires an additional step that makes everything less immediate and functional.

The novelty has been reported by the Windows Central pages, which also shared an image of the new dashboard, in which we can see how the shares on Twitter, as well as those on Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook, now have to go through the mobile sharing function.

In other words, to post an image or a video recorded with the Game DVR of the Xbox consoles it is first necessary to send it to your smartphone and from there upload it to social networks, which makes it much less immediate, an important aspect when we talk about sharing content.

At the moment it is unclear why Microsoft has made this change, which in effect is a step backwards. Windows Central speculates that the decision may have been made due to the low number of content posted on Twitter by players or a possible fee that the company must pay to have access to the social API directly from the consoles, but these are only speculations.

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Xbox Series X Users Prepare to Say Goodbye to Handy Feature

Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One are seemingly losing a very handy feature. According to emerging reports, a recent Xbox insider update removed an Xbox feature with no explanation and no warning, which may suggest it's a bug or an unintended change. Whatever the case, Xbox fans aren't very happy, as it's about to get more tedious to share game clips straight from the console. 

Taking to Twitter, Windows Central journalist Jez Corden relayed word that as of the new Xbox Insider update, the feature to share game clips from Xbox directly to Twitter has been removed. 'Guess this confirms it. Sharing game clips from Xbox directly to Twitter is dead,' reads the tweet from Corden. 'Update today adds some 'icons''to the mobile sharing option, with the EPIC feature to ... send a notification to your phone. Weak. Nintendo Switch (and I think PlayStation?) does direct sharing. Not a huge deal, but irritating. Adds extra steps for no reason. Removed a feature we've had for years for no reason.'

Of course, given the negative feedback this change is garnering, it's possible this will be reverted before it makes its way to the wider Xbox user base. It wouldn't be the first time an Xbox Insiders update made a change only for that change to be rolled back following fan feedback. 

At the moment of publishing, Xbox has offered zero insight into what's going on. Not only has there been no reason or explanation provided, but there's been no comment about the backlash, leaving Xbox fans in the dark on if this change is a mistake or going to be taken back in the future.  That said, if this changes, we will be sure to update the story accordingly.

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