Update: Xbox Live is back online after global outage

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UPDATE: Though it was down earlier today, Xbox Live should now be back online according to the Xbox Support Twitter account.

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If you were planning to spend your time in self-isolation with a bit of online gaming, think again: the official Xbox Support Twitter account has reported that users are having difficulty with sign ins and match-making on Xbox Live.

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To make matters worse, the Twitter account is also reporting that users are experiencing issues while trying to access support.xbox.com, meaning impatient Xbox gamers will have to rely on Twitter for updates on the outage.

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As noted by The Verge, the outage tracking website Down Detector revealed a large spike in users reporting Xbox Live outages at around 5:10pm EST.

Unfortunately, the only thing we can do now is wait for the Xbox team to sort out the problem. As always, we'll keep you posted on the matter.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.