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It appears Xbox Live is down for gamers across the globe. The service, which allows online play, and access to a catalog of movies, television, and games to purchase, has been offline for some time, to the point that Twitter accounts belonging to popular online-only games reported on the issue:
Xbox Support tweeted the issue, and also drew attention to the fact the Xbox website was down as well – though xbox.com has returned to functionality as of 6:37pm Central Standard Time:
The issue started as long as two hours ago for some gamers, initially thought of as a Destiny specific problem.It’s clear now it’s more of a global issue.
The current Xbox Live Status for ‘Core Services’ and ‘Purchase and Content Usage’, have alerts associated with them. as ‘limited’…which means Xbox Live is down; the issue is affecting Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 10, and Mobile devices that utilize the network.
With online functionality being such a huge aspect of console gameplay, this outage is frustrating. There was a similar outage during the Madden launch in August.
Normally, there’s a status update webpage for Xbox via Microsoft, but as the Xbox.com was down at the time of initial outage, gamers were relying on the Xbox Support Twitter Account – thankfully the website has resumed functionality. Since, the status update website has fluctuated in-and-out of availability.
As always, setting your console to ‘offline mode’ will allow you to access games that normally require an online check-in, depending on how you purchased them.
As a curious note, ‘Alien Paradox’ seems to suggest they’re responsible for the outage, though their lack of followers (and functioning website) seem to dissuade that notion:
As more games move toward online-focused gameplay, be it Elder Scrolls Online, Rocket League, Madden Ultimate Team, or Destiny 2, it’s becoming apparent that network stability will be a major pain point for gamers who are accustomed to playing what they want, when they want. The notion of being locked out due to back-end issues for the second extended period of time in 2 months, will surely leave gamers, currently with idle thumbs, with a sour taste in their mouth.