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 Last.fm streaming music app have been unable to play music since Thursday. Ironically, the Last.fm 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 Last.fm 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