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Online Gaming Services Taking a Huge Holiday Beating

By - Source: Game Informer | B 18 comments

The gaming networks took a beating on Christmas Day.

Looks as though Christmas Day was great for gamers worldwide, as the onslaught of traffic stemming from new hardware activations bombarded the likes of Microsoft's Xbox Live, Sony Entertainment Network, Nintendo's eShop, and even Valve's Steam platform to the point of going offline.

Currently, as of this writing, Nintendo's portion is the only one still down for the count across all four devices: Wii U, Wii, 3DS and DSi.

For starters, Kotaku revealed on Christmas Day evening that the Steam servers were down for most of the day. The platform is back up and running now, but there's speculation that the holiday deals may be behind the performance issues, such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Skyrim receiving a 75 percent discount. Left 4 Dead 2 costing absolutely nothing until Thursday afternoon probably didn't help the traffic issues.

On the console front, blame the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One being unwrapped and installed under the TV, and new hardware sales of the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS/2DS. Game Informer provided a long list of updates covering the entire day, starting with word that Sony and Nintendo shops were offline. Eventually, the PlayStation Shop came back online, but Nintendo's eShop remained down.

By Game Informer's third update, the site saw that Steam went offline, and believed that Valve's free Left 4 Dead 2 offering was the culprit. Then by update #4, there were reports that Xbox Live was having stability issues while the Wii U began seeing improvement. Again, this was all happening on Christmas Day.

By the fifth update to Game Informer's original story, Xbox Live reportedly tanked in performance. Microsoft reported that social and gaming aspects were "limited." Meanwhile, Steam was mostly still up through the sixth and seventh updates, although the Steam storefront could not be viewed.

By the ninth update on Thursday morning, Steam, Sony Entertainment Network and Xbox Live were back to normal levels of performance. Nintendo's network is still down, a problem that's reportedly related to the eShop.

Destructoid reports that over in Japan, Nintendo was forced to remove the just-launched Pokemon bank due to the current problems with the network. The app provides a free Celebis and allows customers to store their Pokemon from the "X" and "Y" versions in the cloud. The app went live in Japan yesterday and was supposedly slated for a North American release on Friday.

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    xPandaPanda , January 1, 2014 9:47 AM
    I read the title and thought it was going to be about how online gaming, like MMOs, were getting a massive beat down by the advent of Christmas console gifts.

    Otherwise, decent article for what it was about.
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    Freddy u , January 1, 2014 10:17 AM
    Americans your funny the wiiu is selling way more than Xbox and the wii u will be champ because Asia says so.....
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    therealduckofdeath , January 1, 2014 10:32 AM
    .....
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    coolitic , January 1, 2014 11:24 AM
    Freddy U,
    It's because no1 likes the xbone but ever other console outsells wii u.
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    24oz , January 1, 2014 11:48 AM
    Steam was down for A couple hours because they gave away Left 4 Dead 2 for free on Christmas day.besides that Steam has handling the traffic pretty well.
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    vpoko , January 1, 2014 12:48 PM
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    Americans your funny the wiiu is selling way more than Xbox and the wii u will be champ because Asia says so.....
    In the week leading up to Christmas, both the PS3 (401,000 units) and the Xbox 360 (407,000 units) outsold the Wii U (319,000 units), though. PS4 sold 656,000 units, and the Xbox One sold 307,000 units without being available in Japan or Europe yet. In any case, I hope they all sell well so that competition can drive quality up and prices down. It does seem that Nintendo aims at a slightly different market segment than Sony and Microsoft, but it's not like there's zero overlap.
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    soldier44 , January 1, 2014 12:55 PM
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    Americans your funny the wiiu is selling way more than Xbox and the wii u will be champ because Asia says so.....


    Really like all of America buys the crapbox...PC gaming ftw there pal. The Wii u is not even in my vocabulary. Weak bs.
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    Nolonar , January 1, 2014 1:11 PM
    Microsoft is quite lucky they didn't enforce their Always On DRM on Xbox One. I'm sure there would've been a lot of pissed customers, if they couldn't play during holidays of all times, just because their console has to be permanently connected to Xbox Live.
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    mapesdhs , January 1, 2014 4:08 PM

    Can't help being slightly amused that while all this is going on with the "latest"
    technology, my gf & I once again happily do bash away on PS2 Champions of
    Norrath with no such worries. :D  "Console" gaming is not what it used to be,
    no doubt about that. For up to date gaming, I'll stick with the PC platform, to
    have the full modifiability that it offers.

    Ian.

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    mortonww , January 1, 2014 4:46 PM
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    Americans your funny the wiiu is selling way more than Xbox and the wii u will be champ because Asia says so.....
    In the week leading up to Christmas, both the PS3 (401,000 units) and the Xbox 360 (407,000 units) outsold the Wii U (319,000 units), though. PS4 sold 656,000 units, and the Xbox One sold 307,000 units without being available in Japan or Europe yet. In any case, I hope they all sell well so that competition can drive quality up and prices down. It does seem that Nintendo aims at a slightly different market segment than Sony and Microsoft, but it's not like there's zero overlap.


    Xbox One has been available in Europe since day 1. PS4 launched there a week later. Neither of them are available in Japan yet, though.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 1, 2014 5:56 PM
    I read the title of the article and assumed PC Gaming was taking a dive due to the Next-Gen consoles being finally here.
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    masmotors , January 1, 2014 7:07 PM
    i noticed no down time i got skyrim on steam holiday sale and torch light 2 both great game i just wish skyrim ran better it seems like laggs like crazy i have hd 7950 card so i know it does not play well but any 1 have a good solution my cpu id good no problem there im just ?????
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    rantoc , January 2, 2014 1:54 AM
    Steam didnt had any issues serving the downloads, just the shoping part that was a tad slower. 9.5 mb+ / sec is allright for download during special sales =)
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    AJSB , January 2, 2014 3:09 AM
    This is WHY i love DVDs, direct download of patchs and mods and play offline.

    F**K Online gaming, instead of getting better, it get's worse as more and more people play online (and i'm not even talking about the exponential increase of cheaters).

    The comms tech simply can't , and will not anytime soon, handle the increasing of the demand.

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    ddpruitt , January 2, 2014 5:03 AM
    Strange, I didn't see any issues with Steam and I bought a bunch of stuff on sale, although PSN has been acting up for the past couple of weeks. I see this as a semi-good thing.
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    vpoko , January 2, 2014 6:33 AM

    Xbox One has been available in Europe since day 1. PS4 launched there a week later. Neither of them are available in Japan yet, though.
    [/quotemsg]

    Yes, you're right, thanks!
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    DryCreamer , January 2, 2014 8:20 AM
    I'd actually really love to try out a Wii U, but I have ZERO desire to use the controller pad... why can't they just make games to use a controller, again?

    Dry
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    childofthekorn , January 2, 2014 12:54 PM
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    Americans your funny the wiiu is selling way more than Xbox and the wii u will be champ because Asia says so.....


    I see what you did there. Pretty effective really.