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Xbox Live, after being down for hours, Game Pass cloud gaming access back

Xbox Live, after being down for hours, Game Pass cloud gaming access back 

Oh! Game on! Xbox Live players are eventually able to play again on Thursday night after hours of going gameless, although for some East Coast players after bedtime.

For more than four hours on Thursday afternoon, Microsoft’s online gaming service, which helps players to participate in multiplayer games and access cloud-based games, was down.

In addition to the more than 100 million monthly multiplayer gaming users subscribed to Xbox Live, 18 million pay for Xbox Game Pass and need to login to Xbox Live to access the cloud gaming service.

“Users should once again be able to sign-in, complete purchases, and join chat sessions,” read the Twitter update from Xbox Support at 9:29 p.m. ET. “Thank you for your patience and as always, we’re listening.”

The web page for Xbox Live Status said the downtime started at 3:15 p.m. ET. At 5:39 p.m. ET, it noted that for multiplayer gaming and cloud gaming, “We’re close to resolving the issue”

Still, for some Xbox fans, this was not a timely outage. “Finally sit down to game and Xbox Live is down!” one Twitter user said.

Another used a “Forest Gump” video clip of the lead character running to explain how players feel when they can’t connect online.

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