Xbox Live And PSN Issues Plague Christmas, Some Still Ongoing
Update 2 (12/27 9:03 CST): Both services struggled last night, but it appears that things are slowly getting back on track. Xbox Live's service status shows it as up and running. Sony posted a tweet confirming that PSN is stabilizing and slowly coming back online. However, the service is still down for people. Time will tell when it will be working for everyone. We will be watching the situation and report as we can confirm more.
Update: PS4, PS3, and Vita network services are gradually coming back online - thanks for your patience— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) December 27, 2014
Update 1: PSN is still down. You can follow the "Ask Sony" Twitter account to keep updated. This was the last official update that hit around three hours ago:
Update: We are working to restore full network services for all platforms - thanks, as always, for your patience!— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) December 26, 2014
We still do not know what caused the outages on either platform, as both Microsoft and Sony has yet to comment.
Did you get a console or new game for Christmas? You probably were pretty disappointed to find that Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network were down. It’s not out of the norm for this to happen on a holiday, as more people flood the network with their new purchases. However, weeks prior, a group called Lizard Squad, said it would target the networks on Christmas through DDoS attacks (sending heavy traffic to the network, the equivalent of a traffic jam on a freeway). Their involvement has yet to be confirmed by Microsoft or Sony.
Our engineers are continuing to work hard to resolve the network issues users have experienced today. Thanks for your continued patience!— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) December 26, 2014
Let us know if the comments below if you’re still having issues. We’ll be keeping an eye on PSN to let you know when it stabilizes.