Everyone’s on edge what with the continued attack on Sony’s PSN, which means each and every suspicious move that transpires on an online service these few weeks will get an inordinate amount of attention. Starting with Microsoft briefly unbanning all the consoles that it had previously consigned to Offlineville, which must have, at least for a moment, gotten all the diehard Xbox fanatics thinking this is the day the floodgates break open and Xbox Live sallies forth to deliver the deathblow to PSN in its weakened state.
Turns out it was just a random occurrence, though competing theories range from Microsoft kitting out Xbox Live with additional security to avoid a PSN-caliber mess of its own (a much worse one considering Xbox Live is a paid service) to early tests for Microsoft’s new disc format. All Redmond had to say was “you can’t trust message boards,” in reference to NeoGAF and other boards where the unbanned console news first hit. Either that or “message boards” is code for PSN and Microsoft is making a funny.