I hope no one was hoping to escape reality for a few hours using Xbox last night because the service experienced an hours-long outage.
“We are aware that users may not be able to sign-in to Xbox Live at this time,” the Xbox team tweeted at about 4:00 pm ET yesterday. “Our teams are currently investigating to fix this issue.”
After a couple of updates, the Xbox team later tweeted that the issues had been resolved and that the service was back up. That update arrived at about 9:30 pm ET.
On the Xbox Status page, which is now all green, Microsoft labeled the outage as a “Major outage,” and noted that virtually all of its Xbox services, including the Game Streaming (xCloud) feature of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, were down.
I believe this is the first major Xbox outage since the release of the Xbox Series X|S consoles.