PSN and Xbox Live Taken Down for Christmas

Some people need to find a hobby. Maybe gaming?

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Update 12/26/2014: Following the Christmas downtime, Xbox Live has returned, but PSN is still down. For further updates, check out our most recent story on the continuing network attacks.

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If you've got a new console or just some new games you're hoping to try out today, you might be out of luck. Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are both currently unavailable.

The Xbox Live status page says that service is limited and that, "We’re aware that some of you are experiencing trouble signing in to Xbox Live, and we want you to know we’re working to address this as quickly as we possibly can. Thanks for your patience! We’ll update you on our progress in a half hour."

The PlayStation Network is also listed as "offline," and the PlayStation Network status page reads: "We are aware that some users are experiencing difficulty logging into the PSN. We will update this article with any changes that occur in regards to this issue. Thank you for your patience."

A group called Lizard Squad on Twitter is taking responsibility for the attacks, which likely result from inundating and overloading the networks with traffic. While this doesn't comprise the integrity of the networks or your personal information, it's still a pretty big inconvenience. We won't include links to the Twitter profile, since the main goal of the group seems to not have any goal besides gaining more attention.

We'll update this story with more details as they become available.

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    Avatar image for lostgamer40
    LostGamer40

    I played Destiny until 3am. Kids played all day. Now I can't get on. Grrrr!

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    Romayo83

    My PSN never went down. X1 was down for half of Dec25h...Crazy how some areas work and others don't. - Toronto

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    VRivera1992

    nevermind you can tell its on ..on a count of theres no more ppl on here every 2 mins blasting psn. BETTER be back on ...i dont pay a yearly subscription for nothing


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    VRivera1992

    is psn network back on in US?...Florida? havent been on since the attack...no patience!

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    itchyflop

    They're are unfortunately some SAD people in this world, the really sad thing is they're really intelligent and probably the generation of their kind. Go do something with your talent.......instead of ruining childrens fun at xmas

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    XNEXUS666X

    Shame these hackers can't be a little more politically motivated, taking down gaming networks just seems a bit childish.

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    SweetpeaMagee

    << LINK REMOVED >> Agreed, they should try to take down pedophiles and human trafficking make some good use of their "talents"

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    alcomaholic01

    im in nsw been back up since yesterday afternoon


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    Zorac1989

    still down for me in australia, its been nearly a week now, psn status site says its all good, damn sony

    Avatar image for xxztunbmunxx
    xXztunbmuNXx

    << LINK REMOVED >> Follow << LINK REMOVED >>'s instructions. it worked for me.

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    martUK31

    just played my ps4 for the first time. love it!

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    martUK31

    PSN finally back online

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    VORTEX43199

    hey ramon


    Avatar image for ramonll21
    ramonll21

    OMG I just got in!!! For anyone having trouble still, got to network settings, set up internet connection, use wifi, custom and set everything to automatic except for MTU, then write 1473 as the new MTU, don't use proxy server, then test connection. If you werent signed in before, it'll ask you to sign in, do so and it will work!!!!

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    xXztunbmuNXx

    << LINK REMOVED >> Thanks very much ramon. You are now my sons hero

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    k_bedzy

    << LINK REMOVED >> thanks bud.

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    YoungHooper25

    THANKS SOOOOO MUCH !!!!!!! @ramonII21

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    TheKillingPoet

    Who is bored and just wants to PLAY say Si, And why isnt my signature pic coming up? Same with my profile pic?

    Avatar image for zxudz
    zxudz

    I've been on psn playing gta5 since yesterday. sign in and out no problem

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    YoungHooper25

    I JUST WANNA PLAY DESTINY !!!!

    Avatar image for thekillingpoet
    TheKillingPoet

    << LINK REMOVED >> Who doesnt? :)


    Avatar image for deactivated-58270bc086e0d

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> A lot of people actually.

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    DonRoosevelt

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Everyone I know is playing Destiny now... we've all given in! it's just too good to pass up.

    Avatar image for deactivated-58270bc086e0d

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I was in three months ago, got so bored I stopped playing by choice. Too good to pass up. More like so mind numbingly bad I feel sick when I try.

    You are probably new to the game. Wait till level 20. Then you'll see why it got 6/10.

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    AkaBadness

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> guys i am back online the method i used is on facebook my friend walked me through now im online playing gta

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    TheKillingPoet

    I can sign in easily! I still cant play destiny though. Ive got a month free trial but I have to used my credit card. I dont have a credit card and my parents dont want to put their info on the PSN network because they say its vulnerable to hacking! UGGGGG. Now I have to buy a PSN plus. Preferably a year pass

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    YoungHooper25

    PS4 ? @thekillingpoet

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    TheKillingPoet

    << LINK REMOVED >> Yea!

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    Edward_C_23

    can anyone sign in who lives in New jersey?

    Avatar image for edward_c_23
    Edward_C_23

    I still can't sign in ugh

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    moonlightwolf01

    Why oh why are hackers so narrow minded. They could champions exposing corruption and miscarriages of justice instead they limit themselves to mildly inconveniencing people over Christmas.

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    NoBullShtGamer

    << LINK REMOVED >> Yeah thats why apparently they've stopped after accepting a premium membership for life from Megaupload... they're heroes.. with world peace as their true dream... Please.... get real...

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    NoBullShtGamer

    << LINK REMOVED >> they're just a bunch of mamas boys that have got everything in life and the only amusement they can possibly get is to disrupt other peoples lives.... and they feel so powerful and clever about it... they can't realise how sad they actually are.

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    TheKillingPoet

    << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Actually, Lizard squad is doing it for a good reason. Im not saying im not pissed off its just that they wanted to prove Sony and Microsoft weak. It worked! They warned them a month before hacking and Sony could have prevented it. You cant just stop a dDoS in a minutes time but you can protect your system before the dDoS. I dont know why, but I like Lizard Squad. I am still angry that I couldnt play on my PS4 :). This will probably tteach us to stay and have fun with our family on christmas!

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    AkaBadness

    i still cant sign in to psn on my ps4

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    xXztunbmuNXx

    << LINK REMOVED >> same here.....

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    YoungHooper25

    @akabadness @xxztunbmunxx Me either

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    Vodoo

    All I know is that me and the whole fam were watching "The Interview" through my PS4 Christmas night and rite at the end, around 10pm in NY, it kept freezing up and finally crashed. Haven't tried to log-on since then.

    On the other hand, both my XB1 & 360 worked fine without a stutter. But that may be due to the fact that my XB1 was left on and already connected to XBL from a few days before Christmas. So it wasn't trying to make a new connection because it was already connected for days beforehand.

    Online
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    Tri1stan

    I says the severs are online BUT I CANT SIGN IN

    << LINK REMOVED >>

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    TheKillingPoet

    << LINK REMOVED >> For me the servers are up! They are working quite smoothly. Where are you though? Im in europe. It probably depends on your location

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    jaystrummer77

    like thast ps3 it is

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    jaystrummer77

    uk down 4.5 days now i wanna hrough this brick at nearest wall

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    joedkane

    It's up and running in Scotland

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    Brad1305

    Not up for me I'm scotland but my mates in Scotland are online??? Why would this happen??

    Avatar image for deactivated-58270bc086e0d

    << LINK REMOVED >> Pretty sure they are rotating the servers. Might just be that the small section of your closest server is still knackerd while your friends just happened to have a small part that wasn't broken?

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    Brad1305

    Ahh right that makes sense thanks