Major Xbox Outage Leads To Confusion And Frustration Over 'Offline' Games

It's been a weekend full of drama! As we've already mentioned elsewhere on Pure Xbox, the Xbox network has suffered plenty of issues over the past couple of days, leading to a lot of confusion, frustration, and even anger from players.

On multiple occasions over the past 48 hours, some players have reported being unable to play any of their Xbox games regardless of whether they want to play online or offline, resulting in a variety of complaints:

In cases like this, the workaround is usually to set your Xbox as a "home" console prior to the outage (we've got a guide about how to do that elsewhere on Pure Xbox), and while that did appear to be working effectively for most people, a few were reporting that the "home Xbox" option wasn't fixing the issue for them on this occasion. However, it seems like the vast majority of these users just haven't been made aware of exactly how it works:

The outage has certainly conjured up a lot of discussion about how Xbox handles outages from an "offline mode" perspective, and it'll be interesting to see if the Xbox team responds to some of the disgruntlement in the coming days.

It seems the main thing that needs to be communicated more effectively is that setting your Xbox as a "home" console is crucial before Xbox Live goes down, and then you also need to manually choose the "go offline" setting. There's just way too much confusion about this, and it really shouldn't be made so complicated for the average user.

Have you been having problems? What are your thoughts? Let us know down in the comments below.