Xbox LIVE status (Updated again)


I just wanted to let you guys know that LIVE has been having some issues over the past few hours, specifically when trying to connect to the service. The Operations team is tracking the issue and is working on resolving it as quickly as possible.
When I get more details I will let you know.


Update: I just heard from the Operations team that they have tracked down the issue and addressed it. You should no longer be experiencing any issues. Thanks for your patience.

Update: (Friday, Dec. 28 @ 4:50p PT) Problems have resurfaced. The engineers are fully engaged and actively working on this. Again, we appreciate your patience. I am providing more frequent updates via Twitter
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Update: (Saturday, Dec 29 @ 3:15p PT)  As you may have noticed, over the last few days we have experienced record numbers of new members signing up for Xbox Live and record numbers of players online.  This has contributed to some Xbox Live consumers experiencing difficulties signing onto the service. Our engineering teams have been working as quickly as possible to remedy the situation and have already made a number of improvements to the service.  We are continuing to monitor service levels around the clock to insure optimal performance.  We appreciate your patience during this time period and thank you for their ongoing support of Xbox Live.

I am still providing regular updates via Twitter.

I am locking comments on this post since I have made a new one


 


 

Give the gift of Points

If you are looking for a last minute gift idea, why not give the gift of Points? The Microsoft Points team made the little gadget below to do just that. Assuming your browser settings are properly configured, you should see a little Xbox LIVE points card logo below that when you click on it will pop open the Microsoft Points site to sign in with your Windows LIVE ID. Once you do that, it will return you to this page where you will see your current points balance. You can then click on it to to purchase additional points OR (and this is new) you can gift points to someone else. Currently, this is available for US accounts only. You do need to know the persons Windows LIVE ID for the gifting. I have asked the team to add the ability to gift points based on Gamertag, and they said they’ll work on that for the future, but for now…you’ll need to know the recipients Windows LIVE ID. Anyway, I thought you guys may want to try if you have someone on your list you want to send some Points to this Holiday season.

Edit: Added that it is US only for now.

Marketplace Roundup for December 22, 2007

In addition to the PvP theme, I thought it would be good to point out that there are six free BioShock HD video strategy guides now available on the Marketplace. Edit: this are now 50 points each. Not sure what happend, I’ll see if I can find out.

Theme

Title: Blind Ferret Entertainment

Content: PvP Theme 2
Price: 150 Microsoft Points
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions
Dash Text: The 2nd Theme from Player vs. Player! There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

Video

Title: BradyGames Strategy

Content: Bioshock Audio Diary Locations Part 6 Video HD
Price: 50 Points
Availability: Not availabla in India
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (MATURE) Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language] BradyGames brings you Audio Diary Location videos for Bioshock. Locate the Audio Diaries hidden throughout the game to unlock Achievements. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.


Content:
Bioshock Audio Diary Locations Part 5 Video HD
Price: 50 Points
Availability: Not availabla in India
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (MATURE) Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language] BradyGames brings you Audio Diary Location videos for Bioshock. Locate the Audio Diaries hidden throughout the game to unlock Achievements. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.


Content:
Bioshock Audio Diary Locations Part 4 Video HD
Price: 50 Points
Availability: Not availabla in India
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (MATURE) Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language] BradyGames brings you Audio Diary Location videos for Bioshock. Locate the Audio Diaries hidden throughout the game to unlock Acheivements. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.


Content:
Bioshock Audio Diary Locations Part 3 Video HD
Price: 50 Points
Availability: Not availabla in India
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (MATURE) Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language] BradyGames brings you Audio Diary Location videos for Bioshock. Locate the Audio Diaries hidden throughout the game to unlock Achievements. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.


Content:
Bioshock Audio Diary Locations Part 2 Video HD
Price: 50 Points
Availability: Not availabla in India
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (MATURE) Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language] BradyGames brings you Audio Diary Location videos for Bioshock. Locate the Audio Diaries hidden throughout the game to unlock Achievements. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.


Content:
Bioshock Audio Diary Locations Part 1 Video HD
Price: 50 Points
Availability: Not availabla in India
Dash Text: [ESRB: M (MATURE) Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language] BradyGames brings you Audio Diary Location videos for Bioshock. Locate the Audio Diaries hidden throughout the game to unlock Acheivements. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

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Getting ahead of things today: The latest podcast is now posted on my blog. Enjoy mjr.mn/1LZnBHC

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Prime Members: Get a copy of Batman: AK on console for $49.99 (once added to your cart) mjr.mn/1FDLHFN http://t.co/P8PsDzxSBA

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Back to the Future was released 30-years ago today mjr.mn/1CQpeC1 http://t.co/ayGpNCXEUg

If you downloaded a version prior to today, please delete that version from your storage device and redownload it (at no charge if you purchased it.) Here is my original post on the game

Thanks again for your patience while this was sorted out. Have a great Holiday.

(How happy am I to not have this post in my Drafts folder any longer)