If you play The Sims 4 on a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 console, you might want to figure out alternative methods of sharing your screenshots to social media and soon. Why? Because Sony is officially ending Playstation Twitter integration this month.
No more sharing screenshots from PS4 & PS5 consoles to X (formerly Twitter)
In a bold, but possibly unsurprising move, given gaming companies’ growing discontent with the way Elon Musk has been running the social platform X (formerly known as Twitter), Sony has announced that it is ending PlayStation Twitter integration on PS4 and PS5 consoles. What does this have to do with The Sims, you ask? Well, it will affect your ability to share your Sims 4 screenshots to Twitter. This is bad news for avid Twitter users who use this function to share their gameplay on the social media platform.
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PlayStation Twitter Integration: What You Need to Know
Here’s everything you need to know about the end of PlayStation Twitter integration on PS4 and PS5 consoles.
PlayStation released an official statement on their website, detailing the announcement. It states that starting on November 13th, 2023, PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles will no longer support Twitter integration.
The full statement reads:
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). For details on how to share game captures from PS5, click here, and for PS4, click here.PlayStation
Essentially, this means the end of sharing screenshots and video from your PlayStation 4/5 console to Twitter, as well as the end of being able to look at content, trophies, and any other gameplay on Twitter from your console.
Why the Change?
PlayStation hasn’t specified the reason for the change but given that Twitter announced in February that it was going to start charging companies $100 a month to have access to Twitter’s API, it seems likely that this was at least in part a motivating factor behind the decision to cancel PlayStation Twitter integration.
Starting February 9, we will no longer support free access to the Twitter API, both v2 and v1.1. A paid basic tier will be available instead 🧵— Developers (@XDevelopers) February 2, 2023
Elon later elaborated that this decision was an effort to curb bot scammers and “opinion manipulators.” While abuse by bots is an ongoing issue for the social media platform, many aren’t so certain that instating large fees for access to the API is a good idea in the long run. The basic tier is $100 which is a drop in the bucket for large corporations, but according to Wired.com, Twitter is charging large companies up to $500,000 a year for access to just 0.3% of the company’s tweets. Half a million dollars is a lot of money to pay for such little return, even for a huge corporation like Sony. It’s no wonder Sony is ending PlayStation Twitter integration.
Yeah, free API is being abused badly right now by bot scammers & opinion manipulators. There’s no verification process or cost, so easy to spin up 100k bots to do bad things.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2023
Just ~$100/month for API access with ID verification will clean things up greatly.
Alternative Sharing Methods
Without the ability to share screenshots and video to X (Twitter), players will certainly be left scrambling to find an alternative solution. Luckily, there is a workaround for this PlayStation Twitter integration problem. PlayStation users can still share their screenshots and videos to Twitter through the PlayStation App.
- To save a screenshot or video to the PlayStation App, first make sure you are signed in to your PlayStation account both on the app and on your console and link the app to your console. You’ll be prompted to do this when you sign in on the app if you haven’t already.
- Then, while in game, press the Share button on your controller to capture the moment in either a screenshot or video clip. Captured screenshots and videos will be sent to the PlayStation App for sharing and stored there for 14 days before being deleted.
- In the PlayStation App, navigate to Games and Captures. It’s the grid icon with a controller along the bottom of your device screen. Tap on Captures to see your recently saved screenshots and videos.
- Tap on the screenshot or video you want to share and tap the download icon to download it to your device.
- Now you can log into Twitter and upload your screenshot and video from your mobile device like any other image or video clip!
Hopefully this easy workaround will help PlayStation Simmers continue to share their content on Twitter despite the end of PlayStation Twitter integration.
Want to learn how to beef up your screenshot game in The Sims 4 on console? Check out our guide on how to take screenshots in FreeCam mode!