Xbox Live account migration may be getting a lot easier

If you have tried to migrate your Xbox Live account from one region to another, you will know that the process is a colossal pain in the butt.  For many years, it was not even an option to allow users to migrate regions that their Xbox Live account is associated with, but that all changed back in October when Microsoft finally caved to user demands make the feature available.

After the option was offered to consumer, it was quickly realized it was not a perfect solution as the process would take up to six weeks for the migration to occur and, during that time, your account would be inaccessible – not exactly a user friendly situation.

If the above information has been holding you back but you still want to change the region your Xbox Live account is associated with, there may be some good news on the horizon.

We have heard from two users who requested to change the region their account is associated with who both said Microsoft has informed them that they should wait a few more weeks as the process will be moving online to allow for instant migration. One individual stated he was told sometime after January 15 for the launch date, but the other was told in the next few weeks or months.

While Microsoft has not officially acknowledged this feature and we have not heard from any internal sources, only from these third-party sources, we hope that the feature does go live soon.

If you have been wanting to migrate regions but have held off from doing so, it looks like the process may be about to get a lot easier. We will wait for Microsoft to confirm or deny the feature but as of now, these two independent sources unaffiliated with Microsoft have stated they have been told by the company that the feature will be launching soon.

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For many years, it was not even an option to allow users to migrate regions that their Xbox Live account is associated with, but that all changed back in October when Microsoft finally caved to user demands make the feature available.

That option has been available for a much much much longer time than that I thought or am I missing something

The fundamental issue issue is that you wouldn't be able to change the country/region when adding a payment or debit card.

It's just a regional problem. If you live in the United States and want to move our XBox Gamer Tag from one Microsoft Account to another Microsoft Account, you have to go through a process that takes 30 days to complete because of some security feature that Microsoft has in place. I know because im dealing with it right now.

So if you purchase an XBLA game that is only available in one region and then you change your region will the game still be accessible?

I can confirm that this might be available in January, as I was in contact With Microsoft support regarding this a couple a days ago and they told exactly the same to wait.

The sooner we get away from the whole concept of "regions", the better. Yes, it's fine to target content based on what's popular in that region, but this is mostly used to block content and ensure high prices where possible.

I experienced this problem. I was not told to wait a few weeks but they gave me Xbox LIVE Gold Membership for free as compensation.
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Dear Xbox LIVE Customer:

Please be advised that while processing your account for migration, a failure occurred due to the region of the account.

Accounts are not eligible for region migration. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Please accept the following prepaid code(s) to add time to your Xbox LIVE Membership as our way of thanking you for your patience while investigating your issue.