Social media apps removed from Xbox 360 marketplace


The Xbox 360 Facebook app featured a design that hadn't been updated in years.

Microsoft has been building its Xbox 360 app marketplace for several years now, but it appears two of the first apps the company launched for the gaming console are no longer going to be provided by the company.

When Microsoft began rolling out the new version of its Xbox 360 dashboard earlier this week, two major apps were subtly removed from the Xbox 360 app marketplace: Facebook and Twitter. The social media apps were first released Nov. 17, 2009, along with apps for Last.fm and Zune, which made them the first apps released on the console following Netflix's launch on Nov. 19, 2008.

Now, about three years later, the apps are no longer listed in the Microsoft console's list of apps available for download. Prior to the new dashboard's launch, Microsoft hadn't indicated the apps would be removed from the app marketplace. Despite the delisting, both apps are still included on Microsoft's "Be Entertained" page that the company uses to promote its Xbox Live service partners.

When asked if the social media apps will return to the Xbox 360 marketplace at some point in the future, a Microsoft representative issued the following statement on behalf of the company: “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.”

Now that Internet Explorer has been made available for the console, users can pin the social networking sites to their dashboard. Having a browser available has never prohibited social networking apps from being included in app stores for smartphones, tablets and other devices, however – Microsoft has released its own Facebook app for Windows Phone 8, which has Internet Explorer built in.

Though the apps are no longer included in the app marketplace, users who previously downloaded the Facebook app can still launch it from the quick launch option by pressing the guide button on an Xbox 360 controller. The Twitter app was entirely web-based and never downloaded to a user's hard drive, however, so that app can no longer be accessed.

Whether Xbox 360 users will actually miss the apps is debatable. Neither had been updated in years, and the Facebook app actually incorporated a user interface that was two dashboard generations old.

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why not update the apps to make them actually useful and make that $60 a year actually worth something? browsing facebook through the web may deliver more features but they are harder to access as opposed to an app specifically designed for a large screen and a controller/ kinect

There were no reason to have Facebook, twitter app native on the anyway. Chat, voice and video for facebook is the only thing I could see xbox could have.

one thing that got left behind were the Xbox 360's Facebook and Twitter apps

This is bothering me more than the fact that they are gone, haha. Who really used that stuff anyway? It was the most cumbersome possible way to use Facebook.

Crimson Rain said,
Who needs apps when there is a full browser...

I feel that apps provide a much better experience, in quite a few ways (e.g. smooth transitions to the next page; no full loading of the page). In general, I much prefer to use full-featured apps over websites.

Crimson Rain said,
Who needs apps when there is a full browser...

The web isn't in the same class as native code.

Yet, anyway. There's a lot of work to make it happen. But for the most part, the web is still just an 'active' document platform. It can be very app-like at times, but it doesn't provide a platform-quality experience.

It's also a LOT easier for apps to talk to each other than for websites to talk to each other, and integration is A Big Deal.

The browser is much better for Facebook anyways. I was hoping that MS would have built Facebook right into the Social tab somehow, so that you could chat with friends and recieve Facebook messages just like how it works with Live Messenger.

I know that facebook is now intergrated into the xbox dashboard itself. When you get an achievement, just hit the dasboard button and hit Y to share your achievement on facebook. I know this is alot more limited to the app but it's a begining.

Peter van Dam said,
I know that facebook is now intergrated into the xbox dashboard itself. When you get an achievement, just hit the dasboard button and hit Y to share your achievement on facebook. I know this is alot more limited to the app but it's a begining.

That's a different feature that has been available since the previous dashboard update.

gohatters, I was thinking the same thing, but its not the fact if its good or not, its more of having the ability to access it on a device.

I'll be very interested when I see the Kinect Video app pulled. The replacement for that "app" is what a lot of us have been waiting way too long for.

jimmyfal said,
I'll be very interested when I see the Kinect Video app pulled. The replacement for that "app" is what a lot of us have been waiting way too long for.

I imagine it won't necessarily be pulled, but replaced with Skype, so people who downloaded Video Kinect will receive an update to Skype (when that finally comes -- I would think they've been busy making Windows 8/RT and Windows Phone 8 apps, which probably take priority over a 360/Kinect app).

NeoPogo said,
Don't RT. Please "Like".


Damn it. Where is my Twitter to RT it. Honestly I never once installed those apps on my Xbox. I could care less that it's gone.

WalterEgo404 said,

Damn it. Where is my Twitter to RT it. Honestly I never once installed those apps on my Xbox. I could care less that it's gone.

Saying you could care less means you DO care that it is gone.

exotoxic said,

Saying you could care less means you DO care that it is gone.

I've never used it to be honest. I don't think I am going to use Internet Explorer. It is a lot faster to use my desktop or laptop or iPad or Nexus 7 or the Galaxy Nexus that I have available within reach. I always thought it was gimmick to have these social networks on the Xbox. Even with my Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and YouTube Apps, I still que the content from one of the devices I already mentioned.

Fezmid said,
I still haven't received the fall update...

If you don't' have a banned xbox, the trick is usually to clear the system cache in settings and load a game that has an update to it and the xbox will usually pop up saying it needs to update the title and trigger the console update too. not guaranteed, but its done it for me.

spudtrooper said,

If you don't' have a banned xbox, the trick is usually to clear the system cache in settings and load a game that has an update to it and the xbox will usually pop up saying it needs to update the title and trigger the console update too. not guaranteed, but its done it for me.

Thanks for the tip.

spudtrooper said,

If you don't' have a banned xbox, the trick is usually to clear the system cache in settings and load a game that has an update to it and the xbox will usually pop up saying it needs to update the title and trigger the console update too. not guaranteed, but its done it for me.


Thanks, I might try that tonight. Then again, there's nothing wrong with the current (old) dashboard either, so... We'll see.

spudtrooper said,

If you don't' have a banned xbox, the trick is usually to clear the system cache in settings and load a game that has an update to it and the xbox will usually pop up saying it needs to update the title and trigger the console update too. not guaranteed, but its done it for me.

That only clears you game update cache, so every time you play a game you will need to update it again.

The update is been rolled out in batches so you should get it soon.

InsaneNutter said,

That only clears you game update cache, so every time you play a game you will need to update it again.

The update is been rolled out in batches so you should get it soon.

I'm in BC and I still haven't received the update jeeeeeeez