Microsoft Xbox Live Outages: Service Goes Down (Again), Is Now Up And Running …

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) Xbox Live creator Eric left the company.

We’re just a few days from the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, but one of the people responsible for ensuring that blockbuster will have a robust network for online multiplayer has left Microsoft.As a shocking as well as a surprising note, Eric Neustadter has made an announcement that he would leave Xbox at Microsoft after 18 and a half years now.

Just days after reports surfaced that the Xbox One lost out to the PS4 in console shipments for another month, the company made it clear it would not be officially tracking console numbers as its primary metric any more. Eric Neustadter, also known as “e” on Xbox Live and the director of that network’s architecture, revealed on Twitter that today was his last day with the company. Major Nelson, on the other hand, reported that Xbox One owners can avail of “Grand Theft Auto 5″ with 33 percent discount as part the Microsoft’s Xbox Live Deals with Gold program.

It would seem as though some of this switch in the way the company is doing business is precisely because Sony just announced they have shipped more than nine million consoles since the device first launched. While with Microsoft, Neustadter helped guide the creation and development of Xbox Live as a premiere online gaming service, and he helped grow it to more than 39 million monthly active gamers. It is quite interesting to see how Holiday 2015 of Microsoft works for them, as they would have several high profile releases including Guardians on the 27th of October. But even if you want to start primarily single-player games like the new Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which only just launched today, you’re probably not able to do so because those games require a connection to online servers. “Hey Xbox members, are you having issues signing in to Xbox Live?

Neustadter’s leadership helped establish the first truly successful online network for a gaming console that is subscription-based, with Xbox Live now widely seen as the standard in providing such services within the video game sector. And now, Xbox Live is widely considered the industry standard for multiplayer and social services in the game space, and Sony has since cloned many of its features for the modern incarnation of PlayStation Network. Moreover, gamers can also purchase the said game using the Great White Shark Card, which is worth $1,250,000 in-game GTA dollars to spend in GTA online.

This doesn’t mean that Microsoft will never track their console shipments again, it simply means they aren’t going to be using it as the primary reason to report good news for the firm. We’ll post another update when more information becomes available.” As always, it’s important to remember that these situations do not affect every gamer equally.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection turned out to be disappointing partly due to several connection problems, but the series is now rebounding after fixes were implemented. At the same time they announced they won’t be releasing console shipment numbers as often, the company also said it was going to start taking a closer look at how it measures the online aspect of its service. Gaming is now part of a segment Microsoft calls “More Personal Computing”, which is one of three categories into which Microsoft now reports its earnings. Neustadter has been at Microsoft for 18-and-a-half years with 14- and-a half of those years being served in the Xbox division of Microsoft, most recently as the Xbox Director of Architecture.

Neustadter claims that his “e” was the first gamertag ever created for the platform, and he was a regular co-host on the Major Nelson Radio podcast. Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through … read more » If you check the responses to his announcement tweet, you can see dozens of people from in and outside of the industry expressing their disbelief — and that only happens when your persona is inextricably linked to something you created.

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