For those looking to play some games with friends on your Xbox One or Xbox 360 tonight, you sadly may be out of luck. In what seems to be a trend over the last few months, some gamers are once again experiencing issues with Xbox Live. Over the last 30 minutes to an hour, there have been numerous reports of problems with Xbox Live across NeoGAF and Twitter, mainly involving friend lists.
Most gamers seem to be able to connect to Xbox Live itself, unlike some of the previous down spells, but rather cannot utilize any party chats or anything to do with the friend list. This makes playing online with friends basically impossible. The Xbox Live status page itself has no mention of anything going on right now, except for some streaming video issues on Xbox 360, but that page can often be a little behind.
As with pretty much every issue related to Xbox Live or PSN lately, someone that says they are part of Lizard Squad on Twitter has claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, there is really no way to tell if they are connected with that group or even if they were involved with this current issue. It could just be a case of Microsoft working on something and as a result the friend lists and party chat sector of Xbox Live are suffering. Either way, hopefully the issue will be resolved soon, especially considering many gamers in the US were likely planning on some late night gaming sessions online with no school due to President’s Day tomorrow.
Update: Xbox Live’s status on their official website now lists Xbox Live Core Services as limited.