Xbox 360 to Lose Twitter and Facebook Apps

Xbox 360 to Lose Twitter and Facebook Apps

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You'll have to show Internet Explorer some love if you intend on updating your social networks from your Xbox.

For a company that once wanted us to use the Xbox 360 for all manner of social network interaction, this certainly is a strange move: It seems the current Xbox dashboard update - currently rolling out to a console near you - kills off both Twitter and Facebook from the apps marketplace. Apparently the change is designed to push users into leaning on the new Internet Explorer app for online interaction.

Microsoft has confirmed the removal of the apps, stating that they are being officially "retired." With the addition of a full web browser to the dashboard experience, it seems like the popularity (or lack thereof) of the apps just didn't warrant keeping them around.

The apps were initially introduced in the Fall 2009 dashboard update, at which point everyone downloaded them, used them once, and then forgot about them. Ok, perhaps that's a bit dismissive of me, and I have to confess that posting my über-difficult Trials Revolution achievements on Facebook right from the console itself was pretty satisfying.

However, opening a web browser, navigating to the social network of choice, signing in, and then posting an update seems like an exercise in frustration. If you didn't use the apps in the first place, requiring that you dive into Internet Explorer to access Twitter and Facebook probably won't tickle your fancy either.

Source: The Verge

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Didn't use them anyway. I use my games console for games, surprisingly. I do have a computer.

PurpleLeafRave:
Didn't use them anyway. I use my games console for games, surprisingly. I do have a computer.

I was about to say the same thing. Why would I want to update facebook from my Xbox? When I am gaming I am gaming, when I am looking at facebook I am looking at facebook.

This just makes the console look more appealing!

Never much used the Twitter app myself after the first couple of weeks, outside of one week when both my desktop and laptop had hardware failures; it was a very limited interface, and I'm not talking about typing with a controller here. (I have the "chatpad" accessory for stuff like that, which I got cheap with a Live renewal card.) 50 post limit on the timeline, slow to refresh, couldn't render all the user icons (including mine), and of course the inability to follow links... I won't miss it.

And I never used the Facebook app, as I won't touch Facebook with a lead-lined 10' pole.

-- Steve

Oh no. However shall I log into my bookface and tweeter without an XBox360 app? Oh lord, why have you forsaken us? It's not like I bought my XBox to play video games! How shall I ever go on without being able to see my friend's inane banter on my big screen TV! Oh, the horror!

But in all seriousness, Microsoft. Maybe you should do something about your shitty web browser if you want people to use it. You must realize there's something amiss when you have to FORCE people to use it.

Oh no! I guess now I'll just have to use my games console for gaming! Perish the thought!

Microsoft getting greedy & shooting themselves in the foot again

Looking forward to Windows 8?

I only used them maybe 3 times, I have a smartphone that's always close at hand I don't need to leave the game I'm playing to go into the xbox app and update my status.

Internet Explorer is awesome! It's absolutely perfect for downloading Google Chrome!

oh no. how will i ever make updates to twitter or Facebook from the comfort of my couch . . . oh wait, the same I've always done it. Wireless mouse and keyboard or even better a smartphone.

These were useless apps and i'm glad to be rid of them.

Hey, Microsoft, remember when you said Facebook and Twitter added value to the service and helped justify the yearly cost? Without those, what justifies paying $60 a year for a service that doesn't really offer anything?

And don't say Internet Explorer makes up the cost. If anything, that lowers the value.

Irridium:
Hey, Microsoft, remember when you said Facebook and Twitter added value to the service and helped justify the yearly cost? Without those, what justifies paying $60 a year for a service that doesn't really offer anything?

And don't say Internet Explorer makes up the cost. If anything, that lowers the value.

Completely agree with you Irridium. That's really why I don't buy Live anymore. Too expensive really, plus Internet Explorer in my opinion sucks. Google Chrome forever. XD

"seems like an exercise in frustration",
the last update made you click 12 times to find any new dlc, demo, or indie game when it only took 3 before, plus added commercials to your subscription plan, and got rid of your background themes/images you could upload or bought.

M$ loves controlling your hardware via software. You don't own a console, they own your console.

Next will be commercials on Xbox live login.

Followed by commercials when you click on an app and when you click on the IE url browser, and when you close your tray.

If it's good for the consumer, i mean customer, then it's bad for business.

ViciousTide:
and got rid of your background themes/images you could upload or bought..

Wait, what? What do you mean by "got rid of"...? Just flat out made them unusable?

If so, wow Microsoft. That is a new low. Charging for this kind of crap is bad enough, but then making them unusable later on?

I am SO fucking glad I don't own and xbox anymore.

The Xbox had Facebook?

I guess I was too busy playing games to notice.

SmashLovesTitanQuest:

ViciousTide:
and got rid of your background themes/images you could upload or bought..

Wait, what? What do you mean by "got rid of"...? Just flat out made them unusable?

If so, wow Microsoft. That is a new low. Charging for this kind of crap is bad enough, but then making them unusable later on?

I am SO fucking glad I don't own and xbox anymore.

Actually they haven't made themes unusable, if that's what the guy is getting at.

Anyway, I would've made some sarcastic comment about "Oh God, what a terrible loss this would be" but I then remembered that the way I upload the Minecraft photos on Xbox is via Facebook so I'm not just wondering if the app being shut down affects that.

So 2 services removed and 1 Service added? I hope this will be reflected in the price of Xbox Live then. No?

First, to people who say the price should be going down: There have been a plethora of other apps that have been added since the price increase, including YouTube, HBO Go and Hulu Plus. Not that I would complain about a price drop in Live Services, but just because these apps were a factor in the price increase doesn't mean they'll go back down because they're gone, since 50 gabajillion apps have been added since then. We're getting much more bang for our buck now. (Though Microsoft is MORE than welcome to use this as a reason to bring it back down to $50. Really. I won't fight it.)

Second, and most importantly: Who actually used these apps anyway?

Well, I never used them. I use my XBOX for gaming. Why would I use my game console for such things when I have a computer?

Oh well, guess it will be harder for them to justify paying rich assholes money to keep multiplayer hostage for no reason other then them all wanting to drive sports cars.

SmashLovesTitanQuest:

ViciousTide:
and got rid of your background themes/images you could upload or bought..

Wait, what? What do you mean by "got rid of"...? Just flat out made them unusable?

If so, wow Microsoft. That is a new low. Charging for this kind of crap is bad enough, but then making them unusable later on?

I am SO fucking glad I don't own and xbox anymore.

Actually, what he said isnt true. Im using a Mass Effect theme I got when the first one came out. Also, wit the update a few days ago, Microsoft actually made the theme look better on the dashboard. It was the first thing I noticed.

Also, the new set up is kinda nice. They fixed problems with apps having a hard time loading, and have added a 'pin' button that lets you put apps/games/etc. on a helpful list on the homepage.

Yeah.... Had to tell you that because someone who uses M$ is usually incredibly biased.

EDIT: Also, I dont mind the advertisements they put on the dashboard. They are extremely unintrusive. They are at the least looked at spots on each page, and they make no sound unless you scroll onto them. Most of them are smaller than most of the icons on each page to.

PurpleLeafRave:
Didn't use them anyway. I use my games console for games, surprisingly. I do have a computer.

Exactly, this is a win-win for me. I don't use facebook or twitter, and I don't use the Internet Explorer App (or IE at all), so dumping two to favor one I'll never use anyways is great!

Now if only they'd dump some of the rest of the dead weight they clog the 360 with...

Why are they so fucking set on getting people to use their shitty web browser? It's free. They aren't making any money off the damn thing.

I wonder if I can use the dashboard IE to download Chrome!

Oh no, this is such a tragedy. I haven't used my Xbox in about 2 months (forgot the power adapter at home) and I really can't see a way to post anything on Facebook without it.

I am not sure how many will be affected by this, but seeing some use it to upload screenshots this does suck a little. It doesn't change anything in my regard though since I don't like paying for gold nor to type sentences using a controller rather than a keyboard. Even a virtual keyboard such as the one on my iPad keeps me from typing too much.

what is wrong with using your smartphone/laptop/desktop/vita for Facebook and twitter? Why were they added in the first place?

What? You mean we have to use our gaming machine to play actual games?

/sarcasm

I really wish Microsoft would stop forcing their crappy browser on people. So if facebook and twitter added value, does this mean that the price of Xbox live is coming down? I hope that's what it means.

Further proof that corporations are always being pulled eight different ways.
People tend to think of corporations as a big single minded blob, but the reality is that there are, at any single time, typically dozens of people within a corporation that can significantly change it's direction with the slash of a pen on their own recognizance.
Of course, there exist systems of checks and balances for that sort of thing within any structure, but they tend to be reactionary rather than preventionary, so you still end up with massive problems like this, corporations saying one thing for years then suddenly doing another out of nowhere with seemingly no rhyme or reason because someone or a group of someones within the structure got scared into their shell and made a bunch of commands to the lower echelons by themselves.

I don't even have a facebook or twitter account, so I couldn't care less about this. Besides, even if I did have accounts with those places, I would refuse to pay Microsoft in order to use a service that is free on my PC.

 

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