Other Nintendo, Xbox, And PlayStation Have All Now Abandoned Twitter/X Integration


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The latest Nintendo Switch firmware update has arrived, and the big thing to know is that the patch formally discontinues support for X (formerly Twitter) integration on the platform. With this update, the Switch joins PlayStation and Xbox consoles in dumping support for the social media platform (via The Verge).

Nintendo initially announced plans to dump X in May but didn't say why. However, it can be reasonably assumed it has something to do with X's decision to charge $42,000 per month for the API. Other companies, like Slack, have dropped X support due to functionality issues as well.

After Nintendo announced plans to dump X support, the X Gaming account said its partnership with Nintendo "remains strong," but the social media company later deleted that post.

Switch users can continue to post screenshots and videos to Facebook, but Nintendo said in a blog post that it might discontinue this at a later date.

The June 10 Switch firmware update also includes general system-stability improvements. You can see the full patch notes below, as shared by Nintendo.

Ver. 18.1.0 (Released June 10, 2024)
The following updates were made for the discontinuation of X (formerly Twitter) integration:
The option to “Post to Twitter” when sharing from the Album in the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu was removed.
The ability to post Super Smash Bros. Ultimate screenshots from the Album in the Nintendo Switch HOME Menu to Smash World in the Nintendo Switch Online smart device app was removed.
The option to link X (formerly Twitter) from “Settings” > “User Settings” > “Posting to Social Media” was removed.
The option to link social media accounts from “My Page” > “Friend Suggestions” was removed.
General system stability improvements to enhance the user's experience.
I’m sure the price tag of the API had something to do with it.

Previously, before Elon Musk came along, Twitter offered a generous free tier of its API. "Premium" and "Enterprise" API plans were offered. The highest advertised subscription rate was a "premium" plan that would set a customer back $2,899 per month. Only
Only large businesses with more than 250 users were previously eligible for the "Enterprise" API tier. The cost of that was worked out on a case-by-case basis by Twitter, depending on the organization or company.
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The price increase was for sure very steep and I can't say I blame them for wanting to abandon X and no longer support it on their devices.

I would think the price tag wasn't worth paying for each month based on how many people use the integration.
They are all being cheap because of the money they are making.

But I would be too if I had to pay for a service that can be used for free elsewhere.