UPDATE: Scroll down to bottom of this blog post for instructions on how to get notified when ever Xbox Live has service problems and outages.
Xbox Live Service has suffered an outage with multiple services. This started occurring today around 6:56 PM Eastern, 5:56 PM Central, 4:56 PM Mountain, and 3:56 PM Pacific time. A purchase and content usage service is limited.
This affects being able to purchase downloadable items. Also, a social and gaming service is limited. This affects unlocking achievements.
Xbox live support is aware of this service problem and is working on a solution. Television, Music, and Video service is limited. This affects browsing the Xbox video and the Xbox music stores.
Xbox live support is aware of this service problem and is working on a solution. Also, affected is an in Game Name application for Xbox 360. This application is also limited at this time.
Some Xbox members might be having a difficult time launching this in Game Name application or playing game content. Xbox live support is aware of this issue and is seeking a resolution. No other Xbox live services or applications are affected at this time.
Want to become notified when these services and application are up and running? Then you can receive notification via your Microsoft account. You must provide them a ten digit telephone number and be signed in.
These service interruptions affect Xbox One, 360 and Xbox on other devices. Finally, you can always remain up to date with any current Xbox Live Service outages, via there Xbox Live Status page.