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No More Facebook or Twitter on Xbox 360 Dashboard

By - Source: Eurogamer | B 30 comments

If you've applied the latest Xbox dashboard update, you may notice that a few things are missing...

The latest Xbox dashboard update, which is still in the process of rolling out, is conspicuously absent of Facebook and Twitter.

The apps are still functional and available to those who had already downloaded them before the update rolled out. However, users who didn't use the apps pre-update won't be able to download the apps.

Microsoft confirmed the removal of the apps from the dashboard, stating, "We are retiring the Facebook and Twitter apps.

"Xbox Live subscribers will have the ability to access these sites through Internet Explorer on Xbox, available through the Web Hub located on the new dashboard."

Considering the hassle it is to type anything on the Xbox interface, not to mention the fact that users readily have access to Twitter and Facebook via other digital mediums, Microsoft phased out the apps probably due to a lack of popularity. No doubt most Xbox users won't even notice the change.

 

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    COLGeek , October 20, 2012 4:39 AM
    No great loss. Good call.
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    bigdog44 , October 20, 2012 4:52 AM
    What's a twitter?
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    SteelCity1981 , October 20, 2012 4:15 AM
    not like they were very good designed apps to begin with especially the xbox 360 facebook app version.
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    aftcomet , October 20, 2012 4:38 AM
    Honestly, with my tablet, PC, and smartphone, why in the hell would I look at Facebook on my Xbox? Then again, at least with Facebook I can somewhat understand because you can see your friends' gamertags, BUT Twitter.....that's just retarded.
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    COLGeek , October 20, 2012 4:39 AM
    No great loss. Good call.
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    bigdog44 , October 20, 2012 4:52 AM
    What's a twitter?
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    boju , October 20, 2012 4:59 AM
    Quote:
    What's a twitter?


    Tweety: You know, I lose more putty tats that way!

    :) 
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    thillntn , October 20, 2012 5:22 AM
    uh, you had to pay to use them anyway????no thanks.
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    therabiddeer , October 20, 2012 7:35 AM
    Imagine if MS utilized a new method of typing with a controller to make it a not so horrible experience. For example, a lot of games (especially FPS) use a kind of HUD where you angle the stick to choose a weapon. Imagine if you could use that method to type.

    Angle the left stick up for an A, angle it up+right diagonally for a B, right for a C, down-right for a D, etc.
    A-H on left stick
    G-O on right stick
    P-W on pad
    X is X, Y is Y, Z is... whatever. Who uses Z anyway.

    Would take adjusting, but would be WAY better than scrolling to each letter.
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    diddo , October 20, 2012 8:14 AM
    If you can't buy them, wipe them away from the dashboard...
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    shqtth , October 20, 2012 9:26 AM
    Still the apps was handy. So what's the point of removing them? They do work, so why remove something that works? THe sucky thing of microsoft, is that they introduce a feature to later remove it. Its pointless to get attached to anything Microsoft makes.
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    firefreak111 , October 20, 2012 10:24 AM
    And this is relevant for Toms HARDWARE how?
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    xiinc37 , October 20, 2012 10:25 AM
    @therabiddeer

    go search for "steam daisywheel"
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    jkflipflop98 , October 20, 2012 10:26 AM
    shqtthStill the apps was handy. So what's the point of removing them? They do work, so why remove something that works? THe sucky thing of microsoft, is that they introduce a feature to later remove it. Its pointless to get attached to anything Microsoft makes.


    They put in IE. Go to twitter.com. Problem solved.
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    billgatez , October 20, 2012 11:11 AM
    Is IE free for xbox? Or is MS going to require that you have XB Llike with so many outer things.
    Before people say just get XBL. I don't use my xbox enough.
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2012 12:09 PM
    A group of boys and girls ran away after meeting using the xbox. Apparently it was not the first time.
    One of the parents was quoted as saying, I thought I was keeping her off Facebook.
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    fuzzion , October 20, 2012 12:15 PM
    IE ? Seriously? !
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2012 12:45 PM
    Can't believe people still buy the crapbox lol.
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    Shin-san , October 20, 2012 1:53 PM
    therabiddeerImagine if MS utilized a new method of typing with a controller to make it a not so horrible experience.
    You can use a USB keyboard on the 360 for typing. Not sure if it worked in Facebook/Twitter though

    soldier2013Can't believe people still buy the crapbox lol.
    People are going to buy the PS3 over the Xbox over Twitter? Man, I remember when game devices were used for playing games
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    chibiwings , October 20, 2012 3:08 PM
    when i saw this article and checked my xbox 360, it made me realized that i downloaded it ages ago.. but i don't even know what it looks like when logged on it.
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    guardianangel42 , October 20, 2012 5:40 PM
    chibiwingswhen i saw this article and checked my xbox 360, it made me realized that i downloaded it ages ago.. but i don't even know what it looks like when logged on it.


    Never even downloaded it. Don't have a facebook and the only reason I have a twitter account was so that I could participate in a Cnet giveaway about 2 or 3 years back.

    I also don't game online terribly often, don't use Netflix hardly at all (both on PC and Xbox), don't use Youtube on Xbox or pretty much any other online service.

    Honestly I have a Gold Account because of the Family pack as both my brother and sister occasionally use the service and it made sense as well as the odd gaming binge here and there.

    EDIT: Honestly my Xbox doesn't get a terribly large amount of use if I'm honest, at least not from me. I have a single friend that has a functioning Xbox and my brother has one so I occasionally buy games specifically with the intent to share them, either locally or by lending them the game.

    Let's be honest here, PC gaming has a lot of things but what it really doesn't have is local coop in major titles like Borderlands 2. Sure you could juryrig it by running more than one instance but that is so astronomically harder than pressing A on the Splitscreen button in the main menu.
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    badaxe2 , October 20, 2012 6:44 PM
    Typical Xbox , paying more for less.
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