Xbox Live currently experiencing service disruption [Update: It's fixed]

It looks like Microsoft is once again having some issues with its Xbox Live service today. The Xbox Live status page shows that some people might have issues with signing into the online service from their Xbox 360 console, Windows 8, Windows Phone and Games For Windows Live, along with the Xbox.com website.

The status page shows that the last update on the situation happened a couple of hours ago. It added, "For our members that are currently unable to sign in to their Xbox LIVE accounts, we’re right here with you! We’ve got our team engaged and they are working hard to get everything back to normal as expediently as possible."

The status page also indicates that the outage extends to people who are trying to post or view messages on the Xbox.com forums. Finally, some Xbox 360 owners are currently unable to watch video content or listen to streaming music on their consoles.

Naturally, we will update this page when Microsoft fixes this latest Xbox Live downtime period. Hopefully it won't last for much longer.

Update 1: Well, it looks like people can read and post to the Xbox.com message board forums again.

Update 2: Microsoft has now announced that the Xbox Live issues have now been fixed

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CygnusOrion said,
The best thing to do is just turn off your game console and go read a book for a while. Go for a walk, go play with your kids.
This! People have forgotten what real fun is. Enriching yourself and spending time with family is the ultimate game.

CygnusOrion said,
The best thing to do is just turn off your game console and go read a book for a while. Go for a walk, go play with your kids.

...says the guy on his computer on Neowin.

CygnusOrion said,
The best thing to do is just turn off your game console and go read a book for a while. Go for a walk, go play with your kids.

What if this is the only time someone can play?

Not everyone here are teens who eat tech 24/7. Some people can play games 3 hours a week at most. I play games mostly between 3 to 5 hours a week on sunday while doing the laundry. That's the only time my girls wont complain about me playing games. It's in fact the main reason i ABSOLUTELY want to do the laundry. If a service is down at this time and i can't play this is highly frustrating.

Good thing they backtracked on the "always on" DRM for the Xbox One! I imagine it would only take one or two outages like this preventing users from accessing offline games before there were riots in the streets!

It would have had to be offline for 24 hours before that would have happened. The chance of that happening is VERY Slim.

scaryrobots said,
It would have had to be offline for 24 hours before that would have happened. The chance of that happening is VERY Slim.

No. It would just need to be offline when your 24 hours is up and you need to authenticate again.

scaryrobots said,
It would have had to be offline for 24 hours before that would have happened.
Unless you don't turn on your XB1 every day.

jasondefaoite said,

No. It would just need to be offline when your 24 hours is up and you need to authenticate again.

Again, NO, the box one would authenticate regularly(at least ounces hour possibly more) in standby mode. So you would have to physically turnoff the power to thexboxor turn off your Internet for a day for some stupid reason for this to affect you.

HawkMan said,

Again, NO, the box one would authenticate regularly(at least ounces hour possibly more) in standby mode.

Is one ounces hour equivalent to 24 regular hours?

HawkMan said,

So you would have to physically turnoff the power to thexboxor turn off your Internet for a day for some stupid reason for this to affect you.

Yeah, I mean who in there right mind would power off an xbox for some stupid reason ...


..kinect...

Edited by jasondefaoite, Jul 24 2013, 12:07pm :

It's a regular occurrence for my xbox live enabled games to not be able to sign me in... I assume it's always partially down.

Do you mean Games for Windows Live ?

If yes then it's not the same thing as XBox Live. Games for Windows Live is such a poor service that one can only conclude MS made it that bad to give PC gaming a bad name and promote the 360.

LaP said,
Do you mean Games for Windows Live ?

If yes then it's not the same thing as XBox Live. Games for Windows Live is such a poor service that one can only conclude MS made it that bad to give PC gaming a bad name and promote the 360.

No Xbox Live Enabled games as in those offered on windows phone and windows 8. Don't know where you get Windows Live from my comment.

Considering a short outage wouldn't lock you out of your game, yes. Stop pretending the world will end due to a short outage. Doing so is just muddling the truth more and making your side of the argument weaker.

Lord Method Man said,
But people who oppose always-online DRM are just idiots, right fanboys?

Good thing Microsoft wasn't proposing always-online DRM for the Xbox One, then, right? Get back to us when Xbox Live has a 24+ hour outage.

rfirth said,

Good thing Microsoft wasn't proposing always-online DRM for the Xbox One, then, right? Get back to us when Xbox Live has a 24+ hour outage.

Never mentioned Xbox One did I? Drrrrrrr

rfirth said,

Good thing Microsoft wasn't proposing always-online DRM for the Xbox One, then, right? Get back to us when Xbox Live has a 24+ hour outage.

It doesn't need to be offline for 24 hours for you to be impacted. Once your 24 hours is up, you need to connect on again to continue. If the server is down at that time, you are impacted and must wait till it's back up.

But I'm glad they back tracked on it.

Lord Method Man said,

Never mentioned Xbox One did I? Drrrrrrr

You (and others here) implied it. What else could you be referring to?

jasondefaoite said,

It doesn't need to be offline for 24 hours for you to be impacted. Once your 24 hours is up, you need to connect on again to continue. If the server is down at that time, you are impacted and must wait till it's back up.

But I'm glad they back tracked on it.

Wich basically translates to you needing a 24 hour downtime. The Xbox would connect to very regularly even when instantly mode. So at any point in time you would at most be 1 hour away from your last check in.

AWilliams87 said,
I can barely do anything on mines. I thought it was because of the latest beta update.

Hmmm. My Xbox is glitched or something. I'm able to get DLC's for free. Maybe I should report it lol?

Not sure what you mean with "Welcome" Xbox live has always been on the cloud from day one. You do know what "being on the cloud" means right?

ILikeTobacco said,
Not sure what you mean with "Welcome" Xbox live has always been on the cloud from day one. You do know what "being on the cloud" means right?

So you don't get that he's referring to the "new" problems that cloud computing brings compared to local software? Ok…

They aren't new problems. Stop pretending that cloud computing is some new concept that hasn't been around for years already. This is something that has existed a while now, hence "welcome" makes no sense in this context.

cos' its stupid to compare local software with cloud when talking about essentially online based services

so just another "oh the cloud, nooo" guy, theyre as boring as the guys who cant learn to use metro cos its "difficult"

ILikeTobacco said,
They aren't new problems. Stop pretending that cloud computing is some new concept that hasn't been around for years already. This is something that has existed a while now, hence "welcome" makes no sense in this context.

If only people would stop saying it will revolutionize gaming and will make the One 10 times more powerful than what it should be ...

ILikeTobacco said,
Not sure what you mean with "Welcome" Xbox live has always been on the cloud from day one. You do know what "being on the cloud" means right?
He's making fun of the Xbox One's "always online" BS, and how any Xbox Live outage longer than 24 hours would have meant nobody could access their games.

Busy trying to stuff that one down the memory hole, huh?

If by "stuff down the memory hole" is to be loosely translated to "forgotten", who cares. The 24 hour online **** is all in the past. The XB1 & PS4 are now just as the Xbox 360 and PS3 are regarding "DRM".

ILikeTobacco said,
They aren't new problems. Stop pretending that cloud computing is some new concept that hasn't been around for years already. This is something that has existed a while now, hence "welcome" makes no sense in this context.

Actually for the majority of users they are, 'cause up until recently (the cloud hype) nobody was stupid enough to become totally dependent on external servers for basic functionality…