It’s early 2014 and a large scale DDoS attack has been launched at the Xbox Live servers, rendering the service offline. Hundreds of thousands of gamers cried out in horror as their always on Xbox, while definitely connected to the Internet locally, couldn’t connect to the Xbox authentication service, and thus their entire console has been rendered into a mediocre at best room heater.
Today from The Verge:
Xbox Live is currently experiencing a significant service disruption, with many users reporting problems when trying to sign in to Microsoft’s online gaming platform. The outage — which inconveniently comes during peak weekend gaming hours — has subsequently rendered a large part of the console’s functionality useless for the time being. Many of the most popular apps on Xbox 360 (including Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, and YouTube) are tied to Xbox Live Gold subscriptions; if you’re unable to sign in, you won’t be able to access any content.
The future is nigh.