Xbox Live Marketplace down due to mystery flaw

With Sony's PlayStation Network service having taken a break recently following the acquisition of millions of credit card details by ne'er-do-wells, it appears that the rival Xbox Live service from Microsoft has been feeling left out of the headlines - and has taken a bath of its very own.

The company has confirmed that the Xbox Live Marketplace, and the closely-linked Windows Live Marketplace, are both down for reasons unknown.

"We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue," a Microsoft spokesperson told thinq_. "We aplogise for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank users for their patience."

This status report was echoed by Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb, the Xbox Live head in the UK. "The Xbox Live Marketplace is acting up," he admitted. "The team is aware of this and is working on resolving [the problem.]"

With the service down, users will be unable to download games or buy add-on content for games they own - but the larger Xbox Live service, including voice chat and multi-player gaming, appears unaffected by the outage.