Xbox Live going dark June 16

Server maintenance will bring down Microsoft's online service for up to 24 hours next week; no firmware updates planned.

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Xbox 360 owners planning a Left 4 Dead zombie massacre party next Tuesday are going to have to reschedule. Microsoft said this week that Xbox Live will be taken offline for server maintenance on June 16. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT, the online service and My Xbox section of Xbox.com, will unavailable for a period of up to 24 hours, the publisher said.

No new features will be implemented as a result of the downtime. However, Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb said on his blog that the server maintenance will prepare the service for the various new features Microsoft announced during this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo.

As part of its E3 press conference, Microsoft announced Xbox Live integration deals with GameSpot sister site Last.fm, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and UK TV broadcaster Sky. The publisher also announced its Games on Demand digital distribution initiative, which will allow console owners to purchase and download Xbox 360 games directly to their hard drive, as well as a new Avatar Marketplace and a user rating system for games and downloadable content.

Microsoft has yet to announce when any of the aforementioned features will be available on Xbox Live, saying only that at least some of the new functionality is slated to arrive later this year.

Discussion

336 comments
Slaughtahouse
Slaughtahouse

@philwil92, where is this? Oh wait there is no such thing! ARHHHGHGHGH!

Hayabashi
Hayabashi

time for another mass effect play thru.

ADZ06
ADZ06

i hope they sort out the MAJOR lag issues that the dashboard has been having latley. took me like 5 minutes to get to the demo marketplace...even ten it wouldn't open the game itself. also the party system with all the disconnecting. (plus i wouldn't mind if they slid in some cheeky updates for backwards compatability, i don't want to have wasted....£2 on metal gear solid 2!!!!) but a radio station sounds cool along with sky KIDS CHANNEL WOOP. time to catch up on the orange box methinks, there's a beach calling my name...but i'm not sure if i want to step on the san.. OH SNAP!!

SopranosFan
SopranosFan

I was ready to PANIC my internet has been screwy anyways and I didn't know so when I tried to connect I was worried.

BigBad95
BigBad95

all microsoft's base are belong to us

tjoeb123
tjoeb123

@PhilWil92 I really don't think there's such an option. Also, not only is Xbox Live down, but so is GFW-Live and Zune...

azureblade89
azureblade89

So...are they going to release a new even bigger hard drive? 'cause mines a 120 and it's full...Games on Demand sounds sweet; but honestly the 4 gig dl is gonna be such a drag.

PhilWil92
PhilWil92

@Kurzicide You do know you can go to your system settings and just go back to the old dashboard...

PhilWil92
PhilWil92

You know what? I think my parents bought me a dog last Christmas. I guess I'll play with it. I wonder what breed it is...

Alex_09
Alex_09

@WhatYouHadSaid Translation: Free online service= **** online service.

Alex_09
Alex_09

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underture224
underture224

do i get a dollar back?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!?! ne one kno LOL

dman123_1
dman123_1

yalll complaining about one day and i have the 3 red lights... with a torn calf muscle.... sigh *opens a book* *watches spiders run away from the pages*

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

time to troll the servers and ban anyone that used stolen microsoft point cards. its that time of year and it does happen. they know which ones were payed for so thieves be prepared. permaban lqtm

Incetardis
Incetardis

Man, i need Xbox live. i gotta get on the ball

Kurzicide
Kurzicide

Fable: TLC time baby! It would be great if Microsoft would get to work on patching the new dashboard's lag between menues, or maybe give an option to switch back to the Blades. They should try an "old-school" weekend and see how others like the old Blades and maybe give it as an option if the download of it is popular enough or something.

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

@cod_rulez123 Damn straight half life time finish that then more portal woop THE CAKE IS NOT A LIE

CaveMan066
CaveMan066

oh and all of you people out there who have no lives at all and just play xbox live all day, go do something! go live life! WHOOOOOO!

CaveMan066
CaveMan066

yeah! go Scryer999! Crimson skies is a classic! i used to play that game at my old house wit my buddies! so classic! thanks man, i forgot about that game, its all dusty on my shelf and now im going to play it right now. thanks man!

eo_the_shaman
eo_the_shaman

a day without halo....how will the masses survive?

jjwalker9600
jjwalker9600

I guess I can play offline for while, get some practice time in. Practice man, Im talkin practice

tommat119944
tommat119944

Up to half of the downtime hours should be spent sleeping anyway...

Squall1113
Squall1113

Time to break out a final fantasy game. :)

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

I guess I could.............*Gulp*........... Go outside that day. =O

kakashi6666
kakashi6666

yeah so do i actually the only game i really go online with is cod 4

FatalFantasy206
FatalFantasy206

No big deal, I play a lot of my 360 games offline anyway.

kakashi6666
kakashi6666

come on guys its not like u r all gonna die without it for one day and anyway the 360 is much more than just online games altho it is mainly online but we hav tons ov excellant games for offline single player

padrenes86
padrenes86

last.fm intergration sounds dope!

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

what do you know, another article about microsoft and xbox360 and MOST of the comments are from sony fanboys!? HAHA seriously are you guys so hard done by you have to jump on and attack xbox now for "server matinence"?? WHAT THE ****?!?!?!? Grow up... oh wait theyre fanboys

cjasko94
cjasko94

Doesn't matter to me. Its NOT like a play xbox live 24/7. That will just be the day I go on Playstation Network

-Conroy-
-Conroy-

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Fodpea
Fodpea

Oh no one day without xbox live what ever will i do i may need to go outside for once. I can live without a day of xbox live. Can't wait for the new stuff and who will pay for avatar clothing.

P90E21
P90E21

Its one day I can handle that besides I useally stay away from my box on mon and tues. WAIT NOOOOOO pls don't turn it off. lol But seriously I am interested in seeing the new features that Microsoft has for live. I think that it can only go up. I hope they release Goldeneye though

jimbo_24
jimbo_24

who ever is complaining about one day without live has a problem... plus if u really need to u can play offline single player..

loopyed
loopyed

it doesnt matter i dont see the why the world is tossing off over online multiplayers in a lot of games that dont support co-op or multiplayer (assassins creed+fallout 3) are actually better than mainstream multiplayer games like cod

impl0sion
impl0sion

Hopefully it will fix the party system, people get disconnected all the time and it's very annoying.

HoboWithastickk
HoboWithastickk

kinda excited for this rating system hope it isnt down 24hours i like to play a game of cod before bed usually

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

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x8VXU6
x8VXU6

thats cool with me I will be playing basketball anyway, I love videogames but I can go a day without it

lamprey263
lamprey263

so does that mean we get pro-rated the 14 cents? or maybe 11 MS points? :P

Zombie07
Zombie07

The last fm thing is going to be free right? I hope they have a good selection of music and just not main stream stuff...

Wings_008
Wings_008

24 hours is fine by me cuz i have a life, unlike some guys here

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

and this day just Happens to be my 15 B day!!!! :( !!!!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

24 hrs no way ,, for nothing , is it me or is ms trying to use up our time we paid , ,

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Last fm? What's that? Some kind of internet radio?? But do they have videogame music is what I want to know.

CVM_123
CVM_123

wow seriously whoever cant wait a day without live needs to get out for sure lol

tommyc555
tommyc555

Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog will destroy Xbox Live