In a Christmas Day buzzkill for those who found a new Xbox or PlayStation under the tree, the game systems' online networks went down in an apparent hack. A group called Lizard Squid claimed responsibility for connectivity problems faced by users of Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network.
We're aware that some users are having issues logging into PSN - engineers are investigating— PlayStation (@PlayStation) December 25, 2014
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
“To make the most of the Xbox and PlayStation consoles, players have to connect to the internet in order to reach the console manufacturers computer servers,” according to the BBC. “The outage has stopped people accessing some of the core services, such as registering a new account, connecting with other people to play the same game and connecting to entertainment channels via the console.”
Microsoft’s Xbox network has 48 million subscribers and Sony’s PlayStation network has more than 110 million, according to the BBC. “Both companies acknowledged the difficulties experienced by users on what is presumably a heavy day for online gaming by recipients of new game consoles,” the Washington Post reports. “But it was difficult to determine how widespread the outages were.”