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Free Xbox Live Gold for users affected by cloud-saving outage

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Microsoft is offering one month free Xbox Live Gold membership to users affected by the recent cloud storage outage.

The Xbox 360's cloud-saving feature was offline over the weekend following a failure last week. Normal service has since been resumed, with Microsoft's Major Nelson admitting that it took longer than expected to resolve the issue.

"We want to thank all of our Xbox LIVE members impacted by the Cloud Saved Games service issue for your patience and understanding," reads a statement by Nelson.

"It took longer than we expected to get back to full performance as we needed to ensure the integrity of everyone's game saves.

"Whether you couldn't access your game saves for a couple of hours or a couple of days, we sincerely apologise for the delay and inconvenience.

"We will be automatically applying a one-month extension to the Xbox LIVE Gold memberships of everyone who was impacted. We can assure you we'll also be doing a thorough post-mortem to help prevent this from happening again," he added.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 was recently voted the 'Best Gaming Platform' of the year by readers of Digital Spy.

The console won 33.3% of the vote, edging ahead of Sony's PlayStation 3, which came second with 28.9%.

The vote of confidence comes after the Xbox 360 passed 70 million sales since its release in 2005.

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