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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not like they were very good designed apps to begin with especially the xbox 360 facebook app version.Reply
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.Reply
No great loss. Good call.Reply
What's a twitter?Reply
9417547 said:What's a twitter?
Tweety: You know, I lose more putty tats that way!
uh, you had to pay to use them anyway????no thanks.Reply
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.Reply
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.
If you can't buy them, wipe them away from the dashboard...Reply
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.Reply
And this is relevant for Toms HARDWARE how?Reply