Xbox Live's Six-Hour Outage Inspires Memes and Jokes from Bored Gamers

Xbox Live was down for more than six hours on Thursday and gamers took to Twitter to react to the unexpected outage.

Xbox Live first experienced problems just after 3 p.m. ET and weren't fully resolved until nearly 10 p.m. ET. Gamers who hadn't yet signed into their Xbox would be greeted with an error that prevented them from using services like Party Chat, while some apps and games would not launch, as reported by The Verge.

Xbox Support continuously updated its followers about the problems, but in the meantime, Xbox fans reacted to the outage on Twitter.

Some rushed to social media to make sure they weren't alone in experiencing problems, like Oliver on Twitter who said: "Running to Twitter to see if everybody else's Xbox Live is down" and attached a GIF of Forrest Gump.

Running to twitter to see if everybody else’s xbox live is down pic.twitter.com/Gxw1pTSaZw

— Oliverb888452 (@oliverb888452) February 25, 2021

Twitter @dpnny_ tried his own troubleshooting to no avail and said: "Me after restarting my router, my Xbox 3 times, doing a full reset twice and coming to Twitter seeing Xbox live is down" and attached a video of a child looking confused and disappointed.

Me after restarting my router, my xbox 3 times, doing a full reset twice and coming to twitter seeing Xbox live is down pic.twitter.com/rIXBzEzz0o

— A1 (@dpnny_) February 25, 2021

Others share how they felt about this unexpected free time, like Connor Walsh who said: "When Xbox Live is down and a new season of Cold War is out" and attached the "Pablo Escobar Waiting" meme from the Netflix series Narcos.

When Xbox Live is down and a new season of Cold War is out pic.twitter.com/J4WJ4hkuo7

— Connor Walsh (@smallclub_) February 25, 2021

Many gamers expressed their frustration at the outage happening on the same day that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War season 2 was released. Call of Duty fans received the 1.12 Season 2 update on Wednesday at 12 a.m. ET, which provided early access to the Death Machine Scorestreak and a first look at the new lobby, while the rest of the content was made available at 12 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Call of Duty: Warzone was also getting its season 2 update at 12 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Some gamers shared how they felt about how long it was taking for Microsoft to resolve the issue, like Adrian, who said: "Xbox live technicians since 2 hours ago" and shared an image of Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants nailing a plank to his head.

Xbox live technicians since 2 hours ago pic.twitter.com/TMB1aBSEhN

— Adrian RD (@adriianowo) February 25, 2021

Spencer T used a meme to express how he felt while waiting for updates: "Me going to see if Xbox Live servers are still down for the 12th time this hour" and attached the meme of someone dressing as a clown.

Me going to see if Xbox Live servers are still down for the 12th time this hour pic.twitter.com/EkRsmuPwQ9

— Spencer T (@SpencerT401613) February 26, 2021

In January, Microsoft announced that it intended to increase the price of Xbox Live, but the decision was met with criticism. A day later, Microsoft responded to the backlash by canceling the price increase and allowing gamers access free-to-play titles.

Xbox Live costs $9.99 for one month, $24.99 for three months, $39.99 for six months, and $59.99 for 12 months.

Microsoft Xbox Controller
A visitor uses Microsoft's Xbox controller at a flagship store of SK Telecom in Seoul on November 10, 2020. Microsoft Live was down for around six hours on Thursday. Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty