Xbox Live users report issues accessing Microsoft’s online services while the platform holder tries to fix the problem. Also, Snoop Dogg is threatening to leave for PlayStation.
Xbox Live is down for most gamers at the moment, and Microsoft is looking into the issue. No cause for the outage has been supplied as of yet, but the random nature of the downtime suggests something is not working correctly with Microsoft’s servers.
While outages are not uncommon these days, when they do happen gamers are faced with the painful realization that even if you pay for a service it doesn’t guarantee a problem-free experience. They’ve seen it with Xbox Live. They’ve seen it with the PlayStation Network. And just recently they saw it with Steam.
As of right now, it doesn’t appear as if the downtime is tied to any sort of security leak; this is merely an outage. That being said, Microsoft tweeted that they were looking into the issue and should have it fixed quickly, but several hours have passed since then.
Some gamers are obviously taking the downtime in stride, moving over to other consoles or just enjoying a little quality time with friends/family, while others are none too pleased with situation. Rapper Snoop Dogg, for example, is extremely disappointed by the outage, going so far as to post a video on Instagram that he is leaving for PlayStation if Microsoft can’t fix things quickly.
But, Snoop Dogg should be aware that a similar situation befell the PlayStation Network a week ago, wherein the servers were brought offline with no warning. Granted, that downtime was in the workday hours of a Monday morning and afternoon, but there was still a significant chunk of time where the PSN was down. In fact, the downtime was significant enough that Sony vowed to make it right for subscribers, by extended their PlayStation Plus subscriptions in order to compensate for the missed time. It’s not much, but the extensions have started rolling out this week.
With that in mind, it stands to reason that Microsoft might do the same, if Xbox Live can’t get back up soon. Many gamers are now home from work or school and are missing out on their valuable gameplay time.
But, if Microsoft didn’t compensate subscribers for the lost time it wouldn’t be too big of an issue either. One day of downtime (provided that’s all this is) is not earth shattering, and the outage is most likely not Microsoft’s fault. Still, we would be surprised if they didn’t come out to say what caused the outage along with detailing a compensation plan.
Have you had trouble accessing Xbox Live today? What errors were you receiving?