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Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that it will disable X integration on PlayStation consoles next week Monday. When this happens, PS5 owners will no longer have the privilege of sharing content directly on X straight from their PS5 and PS4.

“As of November 13, 2023, X integration (formerly known as Twitter) will no longer function on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles,” the company wrote in their updated important notice page. “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).

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Sony did not give reasons why it is disabling the X integration. However, following the shutting down of the X integration on PlayStation, gamers who want to share their 3-minute gameplay videos or screenshots on the social media platform will have to do so using the PlayStation App.

The first step is linking the PlayStation App to your console. It is important to mention that to access video recordings or screenshots using your PlayStation App, your console needs to be left in rest mode and connected to the Internet.

Next, go to the PlayStation App and select libraries. Navigate to captures and enable the option. On your PS5 console, you will need to enable auto-upload also. This ensures that all supported video clips and screenshots are automatically uploaded and accessible using the app.

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To view the uploaded content using your app, go to libraries and locate captures. When you choose any of the captures, you will have the option to download it to your device or share it with supported apps on your device.

 X should be one of the devices you should be able to share your clip or screenshot if you have the app installed on your device. Alternatively, you can download the clip or screenshot and upload it on X. See the PlayStation game capture page for frequently asked questions—which may answer any question you are currently nursing.

Sony is not the first to discontinue X integration

Xbox made a similar decision of removing X integration for their consoles back in April. Just like Sony, they did not reveal the reason for their decision. However, they also provided an alternative to gamers who want to keep sharing their favorite moments on the social media app.

“We have had to disable the ability to share game uploads to Twitter directly from the console and Game Bar on Windows,” the company announced through their official X account at that time. “You can still share your favorite moments to Twitter via the Xbox app for Android and iOS.”

However, there are speculations that the decision of major console makers to boycott X API may have something to do with sweeping financial changes that forced larger corporations to pay more for access to the API.

According to Wired, the changes could see companies pay as much as $42,000 monthly to access X’s new enterprise package on the social media’s developer platform.

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“Higher tiers give researchers or businesses access to larger volumes of tweets—100 million and 200 million tweets respective—and cost $125,000 and $210,000 a month.”

via Wired

Since taking over Twitter, Elon Musk has suffered a revenue shortfall on the platform because some advertisers boycotted the platform. Consequently, the Tesla boss has introduced several initiatives including firing almost 50% of the company’s workforce and asking users to pay for blue tick.

Since there is an alternative, we believe most players would likely not get furious if PlayStation disables X integration—and Sony would be banking on that too.

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