Xbox did the same earlier this year as well
Sony announced today that it plans to remove integration and functionality for X, formerly Twitter, from the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles very soon.
This is a notable blow for the fighting game community, which has used the social media platform for basically a decade now to quickly share clips online with an online game’s base.
Sony released a notice to their PlayStation Support page today that reads as follows:
“As of November 13, 2023, integration with X (formerly known as Twitter) will no longer function on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles. This includes the ability to view any content published on X on PS5/PS4, and the ability to post and view content, trophies, and other gameplay-related activities on X directly from PS5/PS4 (or link an X account to do so).”
Twitter integration was included in the early days of the PS4, and the FGC quickly latched onto the feature and had continued to see widespread use after all this time.
Sharing to Twitter was typically the fastest and easiest way to share specific tech, cool combos, glitches and other discoveries made through quick online clips without needing to export them externally or jump through extra hoops.
After next Monday, the only way to quickly share online videos from PlayStation consoles will be through YouTube although they can also be moved to drives or accessed through the official PlayStation app.
PS5/PS4 will no longer have Twitter/X integration as of Nov 13th, 2023 pic.twitter.com/Rm0ENYgZmX
— Wario64 (@Wario64) November 6, 2023
Microsoft made the same move earlier this year to remove Twitter / X integration from Xbox systems and the Windows Game Bar, which seemed to coincide with a new API pricing setup for the social media company that could cost platforms like PlayStation and Xbox $40,000 or more a month to keep.
Interestingly, Nintendo will remain the only system to keep Twitter / X access on the Switch for now, but many in the FGC are going to need to figure out some new / different ways to quickly share content online — and may lead to even more of a push towards places like YouTube and Discord.
In another recent blight for the FGC, Microsoft announced that unofficial controllers are going to stop working on Xbox consoles this month, which will include unlicensed arcade sticks and widely-used converters.