By: Eddie Makuch
Microsoft’s removal of the Facebook and Twitter applications on Xbox Live recently was no mistake. The company confirmed to IGN that the apps will be “retired” with the mandatory Xbox 360 dashboard update that is currently rolling out.
It was rumored that Microsoft removed the apps to encourage gamers to use Internet Explorer through their consoles. The company did not deny this, stating their removal was part of an effort to “streamline” app functionality for Xbox 360.
Microsoft announced this week that the latest Xbox 360 dashboard update is beginning to roll out. GameSpot has not received the update at press time. A global push for the update is believed to begin October 23.
- Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Does Away With Facebook And Twitter (g4tv.com)
- Microsoft confirms it’s “retiring” Facebook and Twitter apps on Xbox 360 (vg247.com)
- Facebook and Twitter Apps removed From Xbox 360 Dashboard (ugrgaming.com)
- Microsoft drops Twitter, Facebook from new Xbox 360 dashboard (digitaltrends.com)
- Facebook And Twitter Apps Pulled From Xbox 360, Microsoft Suggests Internet Explorer (multiplayerblog.mtv.com)