UPDATE 1-Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox hit by delays
(Updates time on Sony PSP continuing problem)
Dec 25 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's Xbox Live and Sony Corp's PlayStation Networks experienced user connection problems on Christmas Day, for which a hacker group claimed responsibility.
The group, called Lizard Squad, could not be reached for comment, and the companies did not give a reason for the connectivity issues.
Both companies expected heavy use as people who received Microsoft Xbox players or Sony PlayStations on Christmas tried to hook up. The problems may have been exacerbated by Sony's decision to let consumers download the controversial movie "The Interview" through Xbox Video as well as other online sources.
"Are you having a rough time signing in to Xbox Live?," a service alert on the Microsoft product's website asked. "We're working to get this figured out right away. We appreciate your patience."
Two hours after the message was posted at 4:33 p.m. ET (2133 GMT), the Xbox Live site said technicians were still "hard at work trying to reach a solution."
As of 7:30 p.m. ET (0030 GMT), PlayStation Network was still offline, according to the device's status page.
"We are aware that some users are experiencing difficulty logging into the PSN," it said. "We will update this article with any changes that occur in regards to this issue. Thank you for your patience."
Three Xbox platforms were affected by the service problem: Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Xbox on other devices, Microsoft's status website said. Continued...