Microsoft has retired the Facebook and Twitter social networking applications from its Xbox 360 platform, suggesting instead that gamers that want to use the sites while gaming, use Internet explorer instead.
The idea is supposedly to encourage more people to make use of the Internet Explorer browser on the platform, though this seems like quite a brutal way to do it: removing functionality. “We are retiring the Facebook and Twitter apps,” Microsoft confirmed in a statement. “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.”
So instead of using a simple application, you’ll now need to open the browser and then type in the address using your thumbsticks. At least that doesn’t take long right? [/sarcasm]
Fortunately for now at least, anyone that has downloaded the apps in the past will be able to continue using them. However anyone new that needs to do so won’t be able to. No word on whether the functionality for existing users will remain in the future however.
Source: The Verge