Xbox Live, PSN, Twitch and more due to shutdown of Amazon web services

If you’re having trouble accessing your favorite online platforms right now, you’re not alone. Amazon’s web service outage has brought down a large number of PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Twitch, Halo, Apex Legends, and EA servers.

To me, in the UK, Xbox Live and Twitch both seem fine, but PSN is definitely having problems – I can browse the store page and search for everything but can’t download anything. Blackouts seem to be more regional than global, but if you’re struggling with anything, here’s why.

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If you’re wondering what Apex has to do with Amazon, you’re not alone. The infrastructure of the Internet is actually quite sophisticated, like rproven power failure before. Many major websites and online platforms are hosted by only a few companies. Amazon Web Services is a major cloud computing service provider. Akamai, one of the world’s largest internet service providers, was responsible for the PSN and Steam outages over the summer.

Error alarm set, a website that displays information about what web services are up and running, saw a spike in the number of users reporting problems with Amazon Web Services around 3pm GMT. today. This is the second outage AWS has experienced in just one week, with the previous one occurring on December 9 and lasting for seven hours. Apparently, as well as video game platforms and services, Netflix, Doordash, and Hulu are also experiencing problems right now.

Luckily, even with many online services down, it looks like you’ll still be able to play downloaded PS+ games and Game Pass titles, even if the online functionality isn’t working, as so you don’t need to worry.

Now would be a great time to get into some of the great single-player games you might have missed. Have a lot of Beginner-friendly action adventure game which you can sink in for a few evenings – but hopefully this outage doesn’t last as long. You can also revisit old childhood classics like GTA San Andreas.


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