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Xbox Live is down, widespread content usage issues reported (update)

What you need to know

  • Xbox Live is down for many gamers around the world right now.
  • Some people can't sign in, while others can't play purchased content.
  • Xbox Support is aware of the problem and working towards a solution.

Updated August 28, 2019: Xbox Live is back up after an hour-long outage.

You aren't alone. A few moments ago, thousands of Xbox Live users flooded Twitter and other forms of social media saying that they couldn't sign into Xbox Live. If they were able to sign in, they couldn't play any games. We were able to verify these games and can say that they're definitely taking place right now on a global scale. Luckily, Xbox Support is aware of the problem and have promised to provide an update as soon as one is available.

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In the meantime, if you aren't game sharing, we would recommend going offline to play your games. That way you'll be able to sign in and access all the single-player titles you own. However, you won't be able to play any multiplayer games until Xbox Live services are restored. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

Excellent and affordable Xbox accessories

Up your Xbox experience with one (or all) of these budget accessories, all of which are approved by the gamers of Windows Central.

PowerA Play & Charge Kit for Xbox One (opens in new tab) ($15 at Amazon)

This charging kit keeps your Xbox One wireless controllers juiced up, and it offers batteries for two controllers. At just $15, this is hands-down our favorite budget charging companion.

ElecGear 4 Port USB Xbox One S Hub (opens in new tab) ($19 at Amazon)

This brilliant little USB splitter hub attaches perfectly to the side of your Xbox One S console. It's ideal for use with chargers, controllers, headsets, and more.

Controller Gear stand (opens in new tab) ($13 at Amazon)

Proudly display your Xbox gamepads with this stylish and functional stand. The licensed design is minimalist and black, and it has a hidden storage compartment, making the price of $13 a real steal.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

8 Comments
  • Gamers around the country, with nothing to do, have taken to wandering outside, and bursting into flames.
  • My xbox is fine no problems hear I can log in with no trouble at all this must be fake news
  • lol... Esport gamers are losing millions!
  • Honestly, it's the only group that have a legitimate answer to "get a job" 😜 jk
  • Oops... Rebooted the wrong server. 😝
  • Not for me in Texas. Playing B-OPS RIGHT NOW
  • Does no one think it strange that this happened just a few days after the Your Phone service had a similar outage?
  • XBL used to have many outages a year back in the 360 days, this is on of the reasons there are so many ways to check the status of the system (even different services in the system) , because people needed to know if it was them or the service. Now you can count on one hand the number of times a service is down in year.