Are We Getting Xbox Live?

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I noticed this morning when trying to log in to that it was down for maintenance, something that wasn’t advertised anywhere and doesn’t appear on Major Nelson’s blog. When opening, it generally reads your IP address and directs you to your localised Xbox site. On a whim, I tried specifically going to the US and UK sites and they’re fully functional. This begs the question; are we finally getting Xbox live?

People have also recently noticed that downloading items from Xbox Live Marketplace has been markedly quicker, leading to much supposition and conjecture – Is this the result of a local Limelight Content Distribution Network, an upgrade to Telkom’s infrastructure, the recently landed Seacom cable or could it be a portent of South Africans finally being recognised as legitimate Xbox Live users?

Logging on to the ZA specific Xbox site loads normally, which throws a bit of a cog in the rumour mill – but we’ve gotta have a bit of hope, right?

Last Updated: June 23, 2009

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • eXp

    Probably not. I know I sound like a pessimist and all, but let’s be honest. We probably won’t.

  • Janrik

    Wow, wake up and smell 2007…

    It has always been like that…

    Local stuff have nothing, you go US or UK, you can see your friends etc…

  • Yeah, normally the local site is rubbish – has been forever.

    Going to plain (without any region qualifiers) from within South Africa at the moment results in a “ is down for maintenance” screen – which is unusual.

  • Janrik

    I don’t see that?
    I just see my Avatar and forum and account details.
    No friends/games/etc as per normal.

  • Trying to go to now takes me directly to the US page.

    Something strange is up.

  • bokka1

    I got a message on Live last night that certain items and products on Live will not be available to me at that time.

  • Kale

    That would be awesome I can’t wait to go home on my flying pig and tell my unicorn 🙂

    I doubt it.

  • 😆

    Yeah, I rather doubt it myself…but as i said..we’ve gotta have a bit of hope, right? No? 😛

  • Brett

    About as likely as Telkom dropping their prices…

    oh, wait.

  • WitWolfyZA

    I always get directed to the US xbox site when logging in so i dont see it

  • WitWolfyZA

    I get that all the time… Especialy when its just been added

  • Dark

    The glass is half empty …….

  • WitWolfyZA

    Lets be realistic here, even IF Xbox live does come to SA. How the hell are we going to migrate our UK/SA accounts across to the SA server????

  • WitWolfyZA

    I just wanna bring something up… There are more local WOW players out there than Xbox live players, and thats a fact… Guess what no local server for those guys aswel…

  • bboy

    Lol, yeah >_<

    Also i'm sure they would announce it bigtime, our knight in Microsoft armour.

  • Altman

    I wouldn’t,the US marketplace is my source for all my Rock Band content and the SA marketplace won’t any due to the game not being available here.

    Lots of people will keep using their US/UK accounts and most probably only use an SA account for mature rated content.

  • WitWolfyZA

    Well the SA market place will have nothing good to offer really. Wonder if the games will run faster then if playing against US/UK servers then

  • Janrik

    yeah, pointless at this time.

    No way I’m giving up 62 000 GS! :wub:

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