Players who want to post clips of a cool multikill they pulled off in infinite halo or something ridiculous that happened in sea of thieves to Twitter you may have to take a couple more steps to share your captures. Microsoft said you had to disable the option to upload screenshots and clips directly to Twitter from Xbox consoles, as well as the Game Bar on Windows.
There are other options, although they are a bit more inconvenient. You can use the Xbox mobile app to download console screenshots and share them on Twitter. Nintendo and PlayStation offer similar ways to share screenshots and clips. Alternatively, you can copy your Xbox captures to a USB drive and access them from your computer.
We had to disable the ability to share game uploads to Twitter directly from the console and Game Bar in Windows. You can still share your favorite moments on Twitter through the Xbox app for Android and iOS.
-Xbox (@Xbox) April 20, 2023
When asked for comment, Xbox declined to shed any further light on the reason for the change. However, it seems likely that Microsoft removed the built-in sharing option due to Twitter’s decision to start charging for API access. That move is breaking functionality for all kinds of organizations, including disaster response services.
This week, Microsoft said it would soon remove Twitter integration from its social media management tool for advertisers. Twitter is said to charge at least $42,000 per month for enterprise access to its APIs.
In response to a tweet about Microsoft’s API move, Twitter owner Elon Musk He suggested that Microsoft had “illegally” used his company’s data and that a lawsuit is looming. “They illegally trained using data from Twitter. Judgment time,” she wrote. Musk noted in december that ChatGPT operator OpenAI, whose technology Microsoft is using to power the Bing chatbot and other AI features, “had access to the Twitter database for training. I’ve put it on hold for now.”
Musk recently created his own artificial intelligence company in hopes of taking on the likes of Google and OpenAI. As it happens, he co-founded OpenAI, but later disowned the company and publicly criticized ChatGPT.
Update 4/21 1:22 p.m. ET: Added Xbox’s response to a request for comment.