PlayStation consoles will no longer support Twitter/X Integration
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PlayStation consoles will no longer support Twitter/X Integration

Elon Musk’s plan to charge exorbitant prices for X’s API brought more companies to do the same.

A major company has recently revealed that it will no longer include Twitter, which they were referring to as “X,” in their products.

Sony is ending the integration of X with PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 this month. This means that players on these consoles won’t be able to share their video game clips and content directly from their consoles anymore.

According to a statement from Sony posted on Monday, starting from November 13, 2023, the integration with X (formerly known as Twitter) will no longer work on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles. This means you won’t be able to see content posted on X from your PS5/PS4, or post and view content, trophies, and other gameplay-related stuff on X directly from your PS5/PS4 or link an X account to do so.

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PlayStation users can still capture gameplay moments manually, transfer the content to their computer or mobile device, and then share it using the X app. It’s a bit less straightforward, but that’s the workaround Sony is suggesting.

Sony didn’t specify why they’re removing X integration from PlayStation, but they’re not the first to do this. Microsoft, Sony’s competitor, also removed the same integration from its Xbox gaming console in April. In addition, Microsoft removed Twitter integration from its online advertising platform around the same time.

Some companies, like the customer service live-chat company Intercom, explained why they removed Twitter integrations back in April. The reason was Elon Musk’s changes to the Twitter API. Specifically, Musk introduced a high fee for API access, which used to be free.

Earlier this year, Musk made Twitter’s API program less accessible and introduced a new model with substantial fees for access. As a result, many apps that relied on Twitter’s API had to shut down, as they realized it would cost at least $42,000 per month under Twitter’s new API model.

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Although it’s not confirmed, Sony probably reached a similar conclusion as many other companies: X’s API wasn’t worth the expense.

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