Xbox Live is back up and running after being down for some (update)

Xbox One X
Xbox One X (Image credit: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

Update 7:55 p.m.: Xbox Support says that the problem has been fixed a couple hours after being reported by the team. The team posted on Twitter that engineers identified the issue.

Original story: The weekend is here, and with a global pandemic keeping the nation at home, it's prime time for Xbox Live outages. Microsoft's gaming network appears to be experiencing issues as of March 20, with reports of users unable to sign-in, play multiplayer titles, and access its suite of social features. It comes as Xbox Live sees increased usage amid the COVID-19 coronavirus, keeping users grounded at home.

Xbox Live remains a crucial backbone of Microsoft's modern gaming lineup, deep-rooted into Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 10 PCs, and other devices. The ongoing outage appears to be impacting all platforms, limiting access to all online services. Microsoft has since acknowledged the issue, with work on a fix underway.

The outage limits the ability to access multiplayer matchmaking and select social features like Party Chat and Looking For Group search. We're also seeing further-reaching issues, affecting the ability to access content via the integrated Microsoft Store. It follows an outage just five days prior, also knocking down essential Xbox Live services.

We'll provide further updates as the situation develops.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.