Xbox Live, PSN Recovering from Christmas Failure
Ryan Bloom / Dec 28th, 2014 No Comments
UPDATE: Sony announced that PSN services are back online in a post on the official PlayStation blog. Microsoft is reporting that all Xbox Live services are functioning as well.
Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network both experienced outages for much of Christmas day. Currently, Xbox Live is up and running, while PSN is down for maintenance.
Microsoft reports all core services on Xbox Live are up and running. However, some entertainment apps have limited availability. Xbox Live was out much of Christmas day, but some users reported they were able to log on late Christmas night.
PSN was down all of Christmas day, and is currently offline for maintenance, according to the Ask PlayStation Twitter account.
Our engineers are continuing to work hard to resolve the network issues users have experienced today. Thanks for your continued patience!
— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) December 26, 2014
The online hacker group Lizard Squad made claims that it would attack both Xbox Live and PSN on Christmas through DDoS attacks. It is not known if Lizard Squad is truly responsible for the outages, but the group claimed it would stop the attack around 6 p.m. PT Dec. 25.
The lack of online functionality put a major damper on Christmas for those who found new consoles and games under the tree. The outage could possibly be due to a flood of users, with an emphasis on new users, overflowing the services, but it seems that Lizard Squad has fulfilled its promise to take down Xbox Live and PSN (although the reason for this is unclear).
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