Crisis Averted: Xbox LIVE Went Down Right Before Xbox One Launch

With no blinking lights reported yet, looks like Xbox One launch was as smooth as Microsoft hoped.

What most users don't know is that this smooth launch was on the verge of failure and that Xbox team had no hand in starting or ending the crisis.

Less than 6 hours before official Xbox One launch, some of Microsoft's major web sites went down for unknown reasons. Affected sited included Outlook.com, live.com, Hotmail.com and – you guessed it – Xbox and Xbox LIVE.

Fortunately for Xbox fans, Microsoft was able to fix the problem merely a couple of hours before the console launched.

Microsoft couldn't identify the reason behind the outage.

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