Both the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 are losing Twitter, currently X, sharing integration and gamers aren’t happy about it.
Sony’s console, the PS5, is nearing its third anniversary while the PS4 is nearing 10 years old. Both consoles have given players the option to link their PlayStation accounts with social media accounts for years now, allowing them to share gameplay videos and screenshots seamlessly. That’s changing in the immediate future.
Sony has announced that it’s removing the ability to integrate PlayStation accounts with X. The announcement of the impending change was made directly through PlayStation consoles, and it has players understandably shaken and annoyed.
Will you be able to share videos to X through PS5 and PS4?
Players will be able to share content to X using a Playstation 4 or 5 console until November 13, 2023, at which point the functionality will end.
After this date, won’t be able to share media on X or post content on the platform using their consoles. Being able to directly publish trophy information, images, and videos from Sony’s consoles to X is an invaluable feature that many players have used to share their best highlights. However, knowing that this feature is going away on such short notice has had many users voicing their frustration on social media, with X being one of the go-to places.
The announcement of X integration being discontinued follows Microsoft’s termination of X earlier this year on Xbox consoles. Players haven’t been able to post their Halo Infinite highlights for some time now, and it seems that this will soon be the case for games like Spider-Man 2 and Death Stranding as well. No reason was given by Sony or Microsoft but the move comes after price increases for the use of X’s API.
Nintendo Switch is the last console standing with X integration
As of right now, only Nintendo lets users post content directly from the Switch to X. It’s unclear how long Nintendo plans to stick around, though.
X was bought by billionaire and SpaceX owner Elon Musk in 2022, which was followed by several major changes to the platform. This included the renaming of the platform from Twitter to X, mass layoffs, decreases in moderation, and a variety of other controversial moves.
Additionally, he changed the API pricing structure, causing many user-friendly services to shut down. This was followed by encouraging some companies to stop working with the platform. This has seen both X and Musk receive heavy criticism from users and civil rights groups.
Sony may be the most recent company to remove PS4 and PS5 integration with X, but it likely won’t be the last. Musk acknowledged the news himself so it’s possible that Twitter functionality could stick around. For now, players should expect the service to disappear in the near future.