Xbox LIVE Outage Has Snoop Dogg Down, Threatens To Leave For PS4 [Update]

Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners were unable to take their consoles online Wednesday afternoon and into the evening. Xbox LIVE experienced an outage that has taken the service down for several hours. The downtime has frustrated console gamers including rapper Snoop Dog, who went on a profanity-laced tirade via Instagram.

Update: Xbox LIVE is back up and working, according to Xbox Support. They do suggest owners turn their consoles completely off before logging back in. This can be accomplished by pressing the power button for 15 seconds and then turning it back on or by simply unplugging the console and plugging it back in.

The issues should now be resolved! Please be sure to power cycle your Xbox console before trying to connect again:

— Xbox Support (1-5) (@XboxSupport) January 14, 2016

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Xbox LIVE went down not long after 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT. The Xbox Support page posted the current status of the service as “Limited” for “In-game matchmaking, cloud storage, finding friends, Game DVR, leaderboards, avatar editing, or pictures.” This affects the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Xbox services on Windows 10 devices.

The Xbox Support Twitter account has been busy responding to individuals sending questions concerning why Xbox LIVE is down and when it will be back up. The support team does not have an estimate time yet on when the service will be back up despite heading into prime time gaming hours for much of the United States.

Snoop Dogg posted a video message on Instagram with the description, “Message to xbox1 n ea server fix your sh*t or playstation here we come.” Presumably, the rap star was trying to play Madden with others.

Madden NFL 16 (EA Sports)
Was Snoop knocked off of Madden NFL 16? [Image via EA Sports]

The actual Instagram video contains far too much profanity to embed in this article. However, the transcript below is far too amusing not to share. Just use your imagination on censored words.

“A message to Xbox One or Microsoft or whoever the ****. Y’all ******* servers are ******* whack, man. Y’all going to make me switch to PlayStation if you don’t hurry up and get this **** fixed. Is it that difficult to play someone online. What the **** is you doing Bill Gates? Fix your ****, man,” Snoop said in an exasperated fashion.

Obviously, Bill Gates is no longer in charge of Microsoft and hasn’t been involved in the day-to-day operations of the software giant since 2008. The current CEO is Satya Nadella and Phil Spencer is the current head of Xbox. Neither executives have said anything about the Xbox LIVE outage as of yet and the only official word has come from the Xbox Support page and Twitter account.

The irony here is that Snoop Dog and others will likely find themselves to be just as frustrated on the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation Network is just as known for frequent extended outages as Xbox LIVE, if not more so.

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[Image via PlayStation]

PlayStation Network users just recently experienced an extended outage on January 4 that affected the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. Sony issued an apology for the downtime, as Inquisitr reported, and will be issuing one-day extensions to PS Plus and PS Now subscriptions as well as any video rentals made at the time. Details for those extensions are expected to be emailed out to users sometime before the end of the week, per a PlayStation Twitter account update made yesterday.

Unfortunately, downtime for Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network is something owners of Xbox and PlayStation consoles have become familiar with. That’s especially true with groups of hackers who attempt to bring down online gaming services for “fun.”

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