Xbox Dead – Xbox Live is down!

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Xbox Live is down! Don’t panic – yet. Microsoft is aware of the problem and is getting it fixed as we speak.

The big question though, is WHY is it down? Could it be nefarious hackers, responsible for PSN’s fall, back at work?

Here’s what the support page has to say :

Users may experience difficulties with the following services:

  • Signing into Xbox LIVE from an Xbox console

We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience

It’s curious. Xbox Live doesn’t go down too often, and when it does it’s generally for scheduled maintenance. Its service was interrupted for two weeks over the 2007 Christmas period, leaving many unable to log in to or use the paid service. The company cited an unprecedented number of new users as the reason then. Hopefully it won’t be affected for nearly as long this time around – and it’s down for some innocuous reason, and isn’t the work of jerk hackers.

[Update] The UK and ZA Xbox support pages say everything is gravy – so it looks like this is primarily affecting US gamers at the moment.

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Last Updated: July 6, 2011

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.

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