Microsoft integrating Twitter into Xbox One, releasing 35 new entertainment apps

Microsoft abandoned social media apps on the Xbox 360 in 2012 by delisting Facebook and Twitter from the console’s marketplace, but now the company is reversing course on its new console by integrating Twitter directly into the Xbox One’s TV programming guide.

When Twitter integration launches for Xbox One this year, it will be found in the console’s programming listing, OneGuide, as well as live TV shows themselves. The feature will show users what’s being tweeted in real time by with the press of a controller button, and it will also allow users to retweet or favorite tweets.

Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s director of programming, explained how the integration will work in a video uploaded to YouTube. Hryb said the first place users will notice the integration is in OneGuide and a trending section, while live TV will be more interactive.

“The second place you can experience Twitter is in the TV miniguide by pressing the view button on the controller,” he said. “In the mini guide, you can see the conversation that’s happening on Twitter through the stream – that includes relevant hashtags for each show, the [show’s] official Twitter handles, and tweets from the cast and crew.”

A specific release date wasn’t provided for the integration, though Microsoft typically launches new Xbox One features shortly after in-depth demonstrations.

Microsoft previously said Twitter integration would be coming to the NFL app on Xbox One, though a spokeswoman told Neowin in October 2013 that the company had “ongoing conversations with partners” about new social media experiences on the console.

In addition to the Twitter integration, Microsoft announced 35 new entertainment apps coming to the Xbox One – notably including another social network, the Twitter-owned Vine. Microsoft didn’t state if users will be able to record Vine videos with Kinect, however, only saying they will be able to watch videos and browse channels on the social network.

Other Xbox One apps announced today include EPIX, HBO GO, iHeartRadio, Sky News, STARZ Play, Vevo and more. All the major U.S. professional sports leagues will also soon be on the console, as the NBA and NHL will launch official apps; the MLB and NFL already have apps for the platform.

Microsoft also revealed 17 new apps for the Xbox 360, such as FXNOW, Sky News and three apps for Disney’s channels. To see a full list of the 35 new Xbox One and 17 new Xbox 360 apps, click here.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

BlackBerry's next handset isn't pretty, and has a crazy keyboard

Next Story

Wireless laptop charging just took a giant step forward

25 Comments

View more comments

I'm wondering why HBO owned MAX Go has not debuted on the Xbox. Also what MS is doing to bring these entertainment apps to Window and Windows Phone.

Very frustrating that deep pocket app developers are still not bringing their app(s) to Windows and Windows Phone. TuneIn Pro is a big one for me.

gullygod said,
I'm wondering why HBO owned MAX Go has not debuted on the Xbox. Also what MS is doing to bring these entertainment apps to Window and Windows Phone.

Very frustrating that deep pocket app developers are still not bringing their app(s) to Windows and Windows Phone. TuneIn Pro is a big one for me.

Once they finally have the same APIs on all, I think the XB1 is lagging a bit behind with Windows 8.1U1 and WP8.1 changes, so that we can get universal apps, you'll see that happen. Once you get that HBO Go app on the XB1 for example, then it should also be no issue to get a WP and Windows version.

I think between E3, Gamecon, and TGS... There is going to be a ton of content announced for the One. Outside of actual games I mean...

hbo go and crunchyroll are the only 2 apps i have been lacking from the XO. The twitter stuff will be nice if done right

great great.. Now when will twitter fix and update their garbage app on Windows 8.1, which hasn't seen an update in over 300 days.

Awesome! Even though the X1 is having a rough 1st year, I LOVE how MS is constantly updating, changing and improving. There's a way to go, but they ARE LISTENING.

Still no BBC iPlayer? I heard they were having issues with Kinect integration. I'd be happy if they dropped Kinect support and just shipped it.

(off topic slightly, but)... when do Atari and other Classic games Arcade Games (Tempest, Stargate, Robotron 2525, etc., etc.) come to Xbox One?

Enron said,
Thank you for your valuable feedback.

The list of things that are wrong on that thing is too long to fit here, so I did the short version :D

But i can make a quick version for your reading pleasure
- it's slow - i spend my time looking at the spinning circle
- it's not usable, navigation through the UI is cumbersome, i never know where i am and whats' going to happen, font sizes are ridiculous i cant read some of the text in some screens while there is PLENTY of unused black space ; the snap thing is unusable, it just does random stuff
- as a gaming machine it's not that impressive, it's barely just mid range PC
- the whole App thing is insane, I mean you have to go to an app to launch your apps or games, how stupid is that ?? the DVD player, everything is an app, you spend your time switching from one app to another, it's irritating
- it's supposed to be a media center yet it cant play any media from anywhere, xbox music is just an app burried in all the goop of app
- xbox video is ****
- very few other media apps are available, and yesterdays' announcement covers until the end of the year, so clearly nothing substantial in the pipeline
- xbone achievements and activities are not supported on the wp8/w8 games hub
- xbox smartglass is a good idea poorly executed, you cant even use it as a simple remote, you have to use that controlpad-like UI
- and more than 6 months after launch there is still no decent game
- and many more ...

tl;dr :
as a gaming machine, it's worthless
as a media center, it's worthless
and on top of that, using it is irritating.

basically it's worth nothing. I'm glad i got it for free at //build/.

Enron said,
Are we using the same Xbox? I think you got a knockoff version, the Box X.

Yeah sounds like he got the lower market Chinese knock off. I have none of those problems. I'm thinking user problem not MS problem.

MikeChipshop said,

Yeah sounds like he got the lower market Chinese knock off. I have none of those problems. I'm thinking user problem not MS problem.

Well, he has a couple of valid points. It would be nice to see some more flexibility on streaming options and Xbox Music needs the ability to play in the background without that snap nonsense. The achievement/integration with xbox.com, Window 8, Windows Phone 8 situation is also pretty terrible. 7 months after launch and it's still not tied in. Smartglass is great (especially the latest beta) but I need to be able to see my Xbox stuff in the native Games app like it works from Xbox 360.

As for being slow, bad UI, and trouble accessing apps, I would have to disagree. It WAS slow when it launched, but now it is very responsive. Accessing apps is easy if you pin them. I keep a "hot list" of games and apps I use regularly and rotate things out as they're no longer used frequently.

And as for his taste in games, that's really a matter of personal taste.

dopydope said,

- it's slow - i spend my time looking at the spinning circle

Not here i don't.

dopydope said,

- it's not usable, navigation through the UI is cumbersome, i never know where i am and whats' going to happen, font sizes are ridiculous i cant read some of the text in some screens while there is PLENTY of unused black space ;

I'm half blind and i've not had difficulty reading anything. How far do you sit from the TV?

dopydope said,

the snap thing is unusable, it just does random stuff

It either snaps the app you want, or it doesn't. Not particularly 'Random'.

dopydope said,

- as a gaming machine it's not that impressive, it's barely just mid range PC

Welcome to the world of console gaming. The reason i also own a gaming PC.

dopydope said,

- the whole App thing is insane, I mean you have to go to an app to launch your apps or games, how stupid is that ?? the DVD player, everything is an app, you spend your time switching from one app to another, it's irritating

All that has changed here is the naming convention which seems to have worked wonders on you. Tell me what the difference was between watching a DVD on the 360 and the One? Nothing.

dopydope said,

- it's supposed to be a media center yet it cant play any media from anywhere,

The only thing missing is the ability to fetch files from your network. You can still play as much as you could before using 'play to'. Not as good i understand but still saying it can;t play media from anywhere is a bit of a falsity.

dopydope said,

xbox music is just an app burried in all the goop of app

Music was always an app. What MS needs to do here is allow it to operate in the background.

dopydope said,

very few other media apps are available, and yesterdays' announcement covers until the end of the year, so clearly nothing substantial in the pipeline

Really? There's a s*** ton of media apps available. Also, the released list is of 'confirmed' apps. This by no means, means no other apps will become available.

dopydope said,

- xbone achievements and activities are not supported on the wp8/w8 games hub

Yep. Glaring omission that they surely have to fix soon

dopydope said,

- xbox smartglass is a good idea poorly executed, you cant even use it as a simple remote, you have to use that controlpad-like UI

Not entirely sure what you mean here? They do include a TV remote with Smartglass.

dopydope said,

- and more than 6 months after launch there is still no decent game

All down to personal choice. I've got a great amount of quality games which i enjoy.


TL:DR;

Do yourself a favour, sell the XB1, make a profit, put it towards building yourself a decent media/gaming PC and enjoy it.

I dont have time to reply with loads of details unfortunately so will keep it focused on a couple of things.
First i dont want to sell it ! i want it to become an awesome device. I am heavily invested in the MS ecosystem (skydrive, xbox music, WP, etc) so I really want it to improve.
(speaking of onedrive, the xbone app is very poor too, you cant access any photos that are not in a folder at the root, why ?? - i appreciate it's not the box itself but it makes the experience bad ; as far as i'm concerned i cannot access my photo library. it would have been OK at release, we are more than 6 months later ...)

The biggest problem to me is the concept of everything being apps. From the top of my head you have an app to manage your profile, a separate one to manage activities, a separate one to manage friends, then there is an app to access apps, and you keep navigating between all these with a splash screen between each
Then you have an "upload" app and an "upload studio" one, then a DVD player, then ...
There is no cohesion.
Apps should extend functionality, here it's just a patchwork of apps - for no valid reason.
Surely the console should provide a cohesive set of core of functionality : manage your profile, your activities, your apps and games, your media, etc ... then apps are just extensions of the experience
On the 360 you didnt need to go through all this mess.

Finally i want everything to be more pleasant to use. A simple example : If you watch videos, after 15 minutes or so the controller turns itself off, which is fine but then it takes quite some time to reconnect (2 seconds maybe ? my old ps3 controller is much faster at that) ... all these little annoyances add up.
Another simple example : the app browser refreshes everytime you go back to it when exiting an app but does it with a lag so you may have started moving the cursor and then the screen refreshes and put you back to where it was *before* you started moving the cursor.

TL;DR : The app centric model is flawed, and there is a boat load of little annoyances all over the place that makes it unpleasant overall.

I want better and more ... i guess i'm too impatient :)

dopydope said,

(speaking of onedrive, the xbone app is very poor too, you cant access any photos that are not in a folder at the root, why ??

I hear ya man. Not sure about the not being able to access anything outside of direct root folders but whenever i try to watch a video it lags like hell and that's if it plays at all.

Commenting is disabled on this article.