Microsoft has decided to make things a little difficult for the social networking types, with the latest Xbox 360 dashboard update scrapping both the console’s Facebook and Twitter apps. The change came with no prior warning, in a case of now you see ’em, now you don’t.
The official statement is similarly blunt – if you want to keep using the functionality, you’ll have to do it Microsoft‘s way:
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.
The Twitter and Facebook apps had been a part of the Xbox 360 dashboard since November 2009. The Internet Explorer app is a new addition, and – as a fully featured browser – is able to access social networks without the need for an additional appliation. And because it can, it seems Microsoft believes it should.
There’s still hope for fans of the Facebook app, at least: Gamers who have downloaded the app previously can still launch it from “My Apps” or the quick launch option. Unfortunately for fans of 140ch messages, the Twitter app was entirely web-based and will now never be seen again.