Starting next week, Sony will remove access to the social network X, formerly known as Twitter, from its PlayStation consoles. X owner Elon Musk, an avid video game fan, has yet to comment.
In an “important notice” posted on the PlayStation website, Sony writes, “As of November 13, 2023, integration with X (formerly known as Twitter) will no longer function on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles. This includes the ability to view any content published on X on PS5/PS4, and the ability to post and view content, trophies, and other gameplay-related activities on X directly from PS5/PS4 (or link an X account to do so).”
According to Variety, Musk's move to charge companies for X’s application programming interface (API) likely motivated Sony to terminate access to X. Variety reports, “Sony’s announcement about disabling X/Twitter on PS consoles comes after Microsoft’s Xbox cut off the ability to share content to X in April. In addition, Blizzard’s World of Warcraft dropped in-game Twitter integration in February 2023.”
Variety reports that Twitter announced in February that it would start charging developers a monthly fee to let their apps access its API. Musk said that the social network’s “free API is being abused right now by bot scammers and opinion manipulators.” Twitter said it would charge developers a monthly API access fee starting at $100 per month for basic access. For larger enterprises, pricing will reportedly start at $42,000 per month and as much as $210,000 per month.
Elon Musk Purchased Twitter for $44 Billion and Rebranded It as X, Which Is Now Worth Only $19 Billion
A year ago, Musk complained that he overpaid for Twitter when he shelled out $44 billion to buy the social media network. In fact, Twitter had to sue Musk to complete the purchase. Just a few days ago, X reportedly told employees eligible for stock grants that they would receive shares based on a valuation of $19 billion, a 57% drop in X's value.
Musk envisions X as “the everything app” — something that can manage users' “entire financial life.” With X's reported drop in value and the news about PlayStation dropping access to the social platform, the “everything app” won't work on one of the world's most popular gaming consoles. Reports Variety, “The tech mogul closed the debt-burdened Twitter deal on October 27, 2022. Since then, X’s monthly active users have shrunk by about 15% according to third-party estimates. Advertising revenue has plunged as much as 60% (according to Musk himself), amid ongoing concerns about hate speech and misinformation.”