We’ve been getting emails and tweets all week about this, in increasing volume, but this evening Xbox Live seems to have finally dropped out for pretty much everyone trying to access the paid service.

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This went out four hours ago (from time of posting):

And this went out two hours ago (at time of posting):

Xbox’s status page is currently showing the following:

What’s been interesting/frustrating about this is, as I mention up top, the way so many people’s service seems to have slowly died out over the last few days, instead of thing being some universal, instantaneous thing.

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Those already signed in might be OK, since Microsoft is saying stuff like match-making is working, but that won’t be of much use to you if you can’t sign in in the first place...