The new Xbox Live region switching tool is slated for a January release.
Those of you who dread the thought of switching your Xbox Live account to a new region, when you move from country to country, now have reason to be cheerful. Microsoft is testing a new service that will make region switching a lot easier.
The pilot program allows for a switch once every three months. When you switch, almost everything comes with you; your tag, achievements, remaining Gold time, and so on. What doesn't always come with you are your services, since there are some - like TV channels - which are region locked, and so may not be transferable. Xbox Music subs can't be transferred either, and there may be some region-specific items, like promotional material, which won't make the cut.
Initial reports indicate that the process is as easy as a few clicks, a significant step up from the six-week trial by fire that users have to go through at the moment. The new system is targeted for a mid-January release.