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Xbox Live downtime affecting Cloud Save Games, ESPN, Karaoke and SmartGlass

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Xbox 360 owners may experience trouble connecting to Xbox Live and various services, Microsoft's support services say.

Users may experience difficulties connecting to Live through Xbox 360, Windows 8 and, according to Xbox Live's service status page. Those difficulties extend to players accessing save games and data stored in the cloud, and online services like the ESPN, Karaoke and Xbox SmartGlass apps.

Popular apps like Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go and others do not appear to be affected.

Update: support services indicate cloud-based features have been restored.

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