Xbox began as a standalone gaming console from Microsoft but has since expanded to include apps, gaming consoles and an Internet service. The Xbox brand includes Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Live. Xbox Live is the Internet service portion of Xbox that includes Xbox Marketplace and Xbox Smartglass. Smartglass is the service app that allows for mobile phones and other electronic devices to be used as additional gaming consoles with the Xbox system. Many of the most popular Xbox games such as Madden, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Disney Infinity games are managed through the Xbox Live service. To check and see what is working or what may have updates and issues, you can get service alerts from Xbox. Unlike other providers who will subscribe you to an alert system that will provide automatic notification, Xbox has kept their alerts separate from the gaming and streaming environment. Too often, a service announcement will interrupt a streaming game and that is something that is unacceptable for a serious gamer. Xbox has a convenient way of checking the service alerts for all of their apps and services without even having to log in. They have even made it so you don’t have to actually read the page, you can just scan it. All systems are running if you see the green circle icon with a checkmark. If you spot anything with a red circle, click on it and read the alert.

What you will need to get Xbox alerts:

  • Computer, tablet, laptop or smart phone
  • Access to Internet

Steps to get Xbox alerts:

  1. Type in the address bar of your browser and hit enter.
  2. Scroll through the list of alerts to find the one you are looking for.
  3. Click on the service name in the alert list for more information.

The best way to use the Xbox alert system is to check it before you start playing or using their services. This will let you know if there is any update or interruptions before you try to game and prevent your getting frustrated.