Xbox Live Encountering Issues on Xbox One, 360 [Update]

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New Xbox One backwards compatibility games include Halo: Reach and Fable III.

Xbox Live is experiencing an intermittent outage, according to a number of complaints on social media. Microsoft’s plan is to add more games every month, but they have to get permission from the original publisher – which is presumably the reason for the odd mix of classics and minor titles.

People are reporting issues connecting to online multiplayer games as well as certain primarily single-player adventures that require a constant connection to a third-party server. Microsoft stuck to its promise that it would update its latest home console each month with new backward compatibility games, and today the company posted a blog detailing the new batch of 360 releases that are making the leap to Xbox One. Microsoft has also revealed the 10 most popular backwards compatible games so far, although the list is skewed because Fallout 3 and others were being given away free with new game purchases. The biggest games include Portal, Halo Reach, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution — although, I’m partial to the free, commercial-as-a-game platformer Doritos Crash Course.

Additionally, this outage is preventing many from using online video services like Netflix, Hulu, and Xbox Video. “Hey Xbox members, are you having trouble purchasing or managing your subscriptions for Xbox Live? Xbox One now has compatibility with well more than 100 Xbox 360 games after getting support for that console last month, which means you can keep playing it on your Xbox One if you own it digitally or even if you only have the disc. We’ll post another update when more information becomes available.” This does not seem like a widespread outage at the moment, and it could come back online at any moment. Since suffering a major cyberattack last Christmas that took the service offline for an entire day, Microsoft’s Xbox Live has gone offline multiple times.

It seems likely that publishers will use this support for the last generation console to promote their games and hype up their fan bases by ensuring the Xbox One gets support for the old game in the months preceding the debut of a sequel. Finally, it also seems possible that monthly announcements of new backward compatible games could help Microsoft win a bit of the public relations war with Sony. 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 »

The PlayStation 4 recently got emulation of the PlayStation 2, but instead of making previously purchased PS2 games work with the new console, Sony is asking its fans to buy them all over again.

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