The Australian Financial Review first reported that Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Windows Azure suffered a temporary fault on Friday morning, intermittently disrupting the software giant’s email services and several of the company’s websites.
Xbox.com also experienced serious issues mere hours after the Aussie launch of the Xbox One, which saw an otherwise faultless midnight release across the country.
Users were also at times unable at to login into Redmond's Outlook.com and Office 365 services along with Skydrive, the company’s online storage service.
All the services seem to be back online and running okay at the time of writing. The newspaper said many of the issues appeared to be rectified about half an hour after they first appeared.
Sony's US PS4 launch has been similarly plagued with issues, but with the console itself, with around 1% of users affected by problems like the console not starting up.
“There have been several issues reported, which leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of PS4 units," Sony said in a statement.
"We also understand that some units were reportedly damaged during shipping. The number of affected PS4 systems is less than 1%, which represents a very small percentage of total units shipped to date and is within the expected range for a new product introduction. We understand the frustration of consumers that have had a problem and are working with them and our retail partners to help troubleshoot issues and ensure affected units are exchanged.”