Xbox Live Experienced Issues Today [Update: Fixed!]
Microsoft's online gaming service was experiencing some issues, but it seems things are better now.
Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Live is experiencing some issues. The official status page says that Xbox Live's "core services"--including signing into Xbox Live--are currently interrupted, while the ability to purchase new games and content is also impacted by these server woes. [Update: everything is now back to normal, according to the status page]
As always, your mileage may vary. Xbox Live is currently up and running, and fully functional where I am, but everyone's experience may be different.
We're aware that users are seeing issues signing into Xbox Live services. Our teams are looking into this issue. We will update you here but in the meantime, you can find updates on our status page. https://t.co/dG2dbISiH7— Xbox Support (@XboxSupport) March 12, 2020
These issues with Xbox Live are popping up as more and more employers tell their workers to work from home, and schools close, due to concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus). With more and more people at home, at least some of them will likely spend more time on their consoles.
That said, Xbox Live--and other online networks--experience issues and outages all the time, so there is no real reason to believe these newest issues are related to the virus.
In other Xbox news, Microsoft has announced it will hold its own digital Xbox press conference in the wake of E3 2020's cancellation. This is a very big year for Xbox, as Microsoft will release the Xbox Series X later this year with Halo Infinite as a launch title.