Xbox Live hit with login issues Saturday; app still down

If you were trying to play a Call of Duty: Black Ops II or Minecraft multiplayer game on the Xbox 360 Saturday, you might have been unable to do so for a few hours. Microsoft's Xbox Live service experienced some login issues that prevented most people from signing in to the online service.

The outage, as reported by Tech Radar, began in the afternoon hours, Eastern Time, on Saturday and was not fixed until late in the evening. Activision was in the middle of their occasional Double XP weekends for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which allows players of the game to gain double the amount of character experience points while playing in online multiplayer matches.

Microsoft has not said what caused Saturday's Xbox Live outage, but the company is still dealing with two related issues. The Xbox Live service page shows that people who log into the Xbox 360 streaming music app have been unable to play music since Thursday. Ironically, the Xbox 360 app got a major update earlier this week that added a number of new features.

The Xbox Live service page also shows that Minecraft players that are using the free Xbox Live Silver service are also having problems with both creating and accessing saves for the game. As with the app issues, the Minecraft save game problems started last Thursday. In both cases, Microsoft's service page says they are working to fix the problems but there's no word on when they might be resolved.

Microsoft's online problems this weekend hit while gamers are still debating the benefits and problems that might happen if a next generation game console would require an "always on" game connection to work. Microsoft's successor to the Xbox 360 is rumored to have such a feature but Microsoft has yet to confirm anything about the next Xbox.

Source: Xbox Live service page | Image via Microsoft

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Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Funny, I was playing Black Ops 2 on my PS3 without issues on Saturday.

You're really not in the position to talk about online services mr PSN.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Funny, I was playing Black Ops 2 on my PS3 without issues on Saturday.

hehe... true.. ms service go down atleast twice in a months. at least thats what happened in past few months

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

Truth hurts, doesn't it?

What truth? The truth that PSN has had the most down time?

Doesn't matter which way you try play this, you were trying to make smart arse snide little boy comments about how your Playstation is better than XBOX, something we can all do without.

I actually do hope that Microsoft implements their always-on feature, just so the world will see firsthand where a line should be drawn and just how stupid this can be. And I say this as an Xbox fan and owner. PS4 has never looked better.

astalvfnw said,
yet again?? microsoft services are getting more unreliable.

Please feel free to show me a system that never goes down?

Dosnt the MS update servers still hold the 100% uptime record or something?

Bah, this was just a test to see how bad it will be when the next xbox comes out. expect more outages tests in the coming months as they gear up their help desks and customer hotlines to take the abuse and anger of customers that expect to always have access to their services.

or you know, it was an outage that happens from time to time.