Service Alert! Xbox Live Goes Down; Extends ‘Always On’ Worries

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Gamers attempting to access Xbox Live over the weekend were surely in for some frustration as the service was down.

We reported on the incident as it was ongoing – but the downtime (which took place Saturday) is spreading stability fears regarding the “always on concept.”

“If Microsoft is going to force users to always be accessing their network, there can be no flaws, no downtime and no security holes for hackers to exploit. If Microsoft is going to move ahead with “always on” then they need to prove that they can offer that service without it being intrusive or a hindrance at all, and as of today, I think that there will be a lot more gamers a bit leery of the idea,” commented Explosion.com’s Dave Walsh via a report.

Those looking to game weren’t the only ones affected, however. The problem also blocked access to popular Xbox Live apps including Netflix and Hulu.

Microsoft was eventually able to restore service but initially released a statement reading, “If you are one of the members being affected by the current issue members are having signing in to Xbox LIVE, we are still doing everything we can to fix the problem. We thank you again for being so patient as we work this out. Keep checking back here every 30 minutes and we will continue to keep you updated with any new information on our progress.”

So what was the cause of the problem? It remains unclear. However, we hope to find out soon.

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