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Chittagong
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(01-16-2013, 04:19 PM)
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For years and years it has been impossible to migrate your Xbox LIVE region / country in case you move to a new country. Over the years I have created threads every once in a while about this. In fact, for 5 years I have had to have a mock Finnish billing address even though I have been living in London, to avoid losing my gaming history and purchases.

Well, lo behold, as 2013 begins Microsoft has finally implemented this feature and it's actually incredibly simple and fast. It's pretty much a single click and everything moves over in an eye blink:

https://live.xbox.com/en-GB/AccountMigration

There are caveats of stuff that might not move, but in my experience they are just to cover Microsoft's back - everything transferred over perfectly for me.

Now I can finally get BBC iPlayer and stop buying Finnish pre-paid Allards like I have had to do in the last few years.
MikeE21286
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(01-16-2013, 04:20 PM)
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Surprised it doesn't cost 800 points.
Hanmik
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(01-16-2013, 04:21 PM)
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lol
NinjaBoiX
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(01-16-2013, 04:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by MikeE21286

Surprised it doesn't cost 800 points.

"That country is taken, please choose another."
Ghazi
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(01-16-2013, 04:21 PM)
Hey! Now I can get in on that deal for The Witcher 2 that's apparently only in the UK!
Kinyou
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(01-16-2013, 04:22 PM)
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Is it in some way limited? I imagine you can't constantly change it.
Carl
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(01-16-2013, 04:22 PM)
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No SONY need to let you change your PSN country and all will be right in the world.
mrklaw
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(01-16-2013, 04:22 PM)
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come on Sony, your turn. Let me make my original PSN back to the UK

(oh and it's a long shot but can I transfer my purchases too?)
Ydahs
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(01-16-2013, 04:23 PM)
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Nice. I created my account when I purchased Windows 8 and accidentally set my country to US.

Just changed it to Australia :D
Der Flatulator
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(01-16-2013, 04:24 PM)
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Does that mean internationals can use Netflix?
clay_ghost
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(01-16-2013, 04:24 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kinyou

Is it in some way limited? I imagine you can't constantly change it.

This , any limitations? What will happen to your past purchases? can you switch freely? will you be able to access all your new purchase if you change back? How will it affect the windows phone / windows 8 app store and login?
Ydahs
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(01-16-2013, 04:24 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kinyou

Is it in some way limited? I imagine you can't constantly change it.

"You can only move between Xbox LIVE regions once every 3 months."
IHaveIce
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(01-16-2013, 04:24 PM)
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Nice, but can you abuse it to get other deals? Or Europeans to get the better apps?

Does the IP still limits what you can download on a different marketplace?


There has also to be a limit how often you can do this.
Arjen
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(01-16-2013, 04:24 PM)
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Oh man, finally, wil try when i'm at home. Been stuck with an US account for more then 6 years.
CrunchinJelly
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(01-16-2013, 04:25 PM)
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Originally Posted by Carl

No SONY need to let you change your PSN country and all will be right in the world.

And let me change my PSN ID.
wrog
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(01-16-2013, 04:25 PM)
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For years and years it has been impossible to migrate your Xbox LIVE region / country in case you move to a new country.

FYI, it was possible to migrate Gamertag two years ago. You could move to one of the new XBL countries :)
Kerub
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(01-16-2013, 04:26 PM)
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Originally Posted by MikeE21286

Surprised it doesn't cost 800 points.

It's 800 points to change gamertag, right?
MichaelEM3
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(01-16-2013, 04:26 PM)
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Does this mean European fans can download Persona 4 Arena from the XBL Marketplace now?
MikeE21286
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(01-16-2013, 04:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by Carl

No SONY need to let you change your PSN country and all will be right in the world.

Like you don't already have 5 or so PSN accounts :p

Originally Posted by Kerub

It's 800 points to change gamertag, right?

yep
CrunchinJelly
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(01-16-2013, 04:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by IHaveIce

Nice, but can you abuse it to get other deals? Or Europeans to get the better apps?

Does the IP still limits what you can download on a different marketplace?


There has also to be a limit how often you can do this.

Says on the link.

Only once every three months.
dark10x
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(01-16-2013, 04:31 PM)
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Yes! Just in time for my move to France!
Massa
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(01-16-2013, 04:34 PM)
Going to change mine back to the US.
entrement
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(01-16-2013, 04:34 PM)
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I wish Sony allowed you to change your ID.
Tomat
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(01-16-2013, 04:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by Hanmik



lol

I bought that shit day one (no joke). It's so worth it.
Mindwipe
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(01-16-2013, 04:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by MichaelEM3

Does this mean European fans can download Persona 4 Arena from the XBL Marketplace now?

Only if they want to be stuck as US users for three months and lose access to the content that's only available in their region (a UK user would lose iPlayer for example).
nOoblet16
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(01-16-2013, 04:39 PM)
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They actually had this feature but removed this in late 2011, the reasons they cited were that it was too much work and sometimes it just didn't work. They reimplemented this facility in September 2012 (I think...) and I think I was one of the very first people who have had their region changed (had it changed to UK), the only way to change it that time was to have it changed over the phone by calling their customer care.


Also, you will lose ALL the content that was associated with your account previously meaning you won't be able to redownload anything unless it was downloaded using the same console, I lost all of them.
Last edited by nOoblet16; 01-16-2013 at 04:45 PM.
Chittagong
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(01-16-2013, 04:41 PM)
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yeah the 3 month rule is a clever way around people abusing the account migration function while making it reasonable for most practical needs (nobody really moves a country on a permanent basis more often than once in 3 months).
Deadpandas
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(01-16-2013, 04:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by MichaelEM3

Does this mean European fans can download Persona 4 Arena from the XBL Marketplace now?

I don't think you would be able to play it unless you have a US Xbox
nOoblet16
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(01-16-2013, 04:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by Deadpandas

I don't think you would be able to play it unless you have a US Xbox

Nope, you can.
ToD_
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(01-16-2013, 04:46 PM)
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I have tried to change my Dutch account to a US one in the past, but this wasn't allowed. They did allow certain smaller regions to change. Hopefully I will be able to change it this time, though I feel it's a little too late. I already created a new (US based) account that I've made purchases on.

Is there any way to merge accounts?
Juan29.zapata
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(01-16-2013, 04:47 PM)
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Originally Posted by Carl

No SONY need to let you change your PSN country and all will be right in the world.

Yes! I need to change this when the Colombian PSN store is up and running.
Bruce Lee Kicks
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(01-16-2013, 04:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ydahs

"You can only move between Xbox LIVE regions once every 3 months."

Knew there was a catch. Is there anything interesting on non-US XBL?
oatmeal
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(01-16-2013, 04:51 PM)
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Do you lose any MSP and your Gold Status?

When I talked to them on the phone in November (right after they initiated this) they said that would happen.

I"m scurred of trying.

(EDIT)
Here’s what moves with you:

Your gamerscore, unlocked achievements, and the rest of your Xbox LIVE profile
Any Microsoft Points already in your account
Any remaining time on your Gold membership

NVM!
toleoring
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(01-16-2013, 04:51 PM)
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do they check IP?
Kinyou
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(01-16-2013, 04:54 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ydahs

"You can only move between Xbox LIVE regions once every 3 months."

Hm, 3 months doesn't sound that bad. Maybe it's time to get that Dead Space 2 dlc
Deadpandas
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(01-16-2013, 04:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by nOoblet16

Nope, you can.

How? I thought you couldn't play region locked games unless you had that region of console. I tried to download a region locked game from the Japanese marketplace and it wouldn't let me
zewone
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(01-16-2013, 04:56 PM)
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Would Netflix streaming be IP blocked?
TerryLee81
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(01-16-2013, 05:00 PM)
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That's good to know.

I still wish they would make English available for all countries as an option.

I live in Switzerland and have to choose between German and French for Xbox Live content.
A Sentient Keyboard
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(01-16-2013, 05:09 PM)
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So, as a European with a European Xbox 360 and account, does this mean I can finally:

1. Download and play Xbox Live Indie games?

2. Use Bing rewards for Microsoft points?

3. Use those new birthday/redeem code/etc. Xbox Live rewards for Microsoft points?

EDIT: Also, is that $1 indie game that was a combination of Halo: CE and Minecraft still being played? I'd probably pick that up now I can (can I?).
Last edited by A Sentient Keyboard; 01-16-2013 at 05:39 PM.
Curufinwe
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(01-16-2013, 05:14 PM)
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Originally Posted by entrement

I wish Sony allowed you to change your ID.

Yeah, I was happy to pay $10 to get my 360 gamertag to match my GAF name.
sweetvar26
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(01-16-2013, 05:16 PM)
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So does the Microsoft Points on the account stay as is?

I'm guessing all the arcade games you've purchased carry over to the new region too?

Thanks.
Der Flatulator
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(01-16-2013, 05:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by TerryLee81

That's good to know.

I still wish they would make English available for all countries as an option.

I live in Switzerland and have to choose between German and French for Xbox Live content.

Not even Italian? Damn.
Hooligaani
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(01-16-2013, 05:17 PM)
Now I can get Indie games on my Finnish account (now it's set to UK) excellent.
Palette Swap
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(01-16-2013, 05:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by TerryLee81

That's good to know.

I still wish they would make English available for all countries as an option.

I live in Switzerland and have to choose between German and French for Xbox Live content.

Set your account to UK?
LorDjidane
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(01-16-2013, 05:49 PM)
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Why do that and not region unlock everything? Wouldn't it be simpler?
snap0212
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(01-16-2013, 05:53 PM)

Originally Posted by TerryLee81

That's good to know.

I still wish they would make English available for all countries as an option.

I live in Switzerland and have to choose between German and French for Xbox Live content.

Can't you just set the system language to whatever? I'm pretty sure my XBLA games are in English (I'm in Germany).
Arjen
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(01-16-2013, 05:53 PM)
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It worked! Finally i wil no longer be teased by US only functions i won't be able to use, no longer switching to accounts for video content.
It took them long enough, but i'm happy it finally happened.
Zoe
(01-16-2013, 05:56 PM)
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Originally Posted by Carl

No SONY need to let you change your PSN country and all will be right in the world.

Probably will never happen due to the wallet--the one drawback of using actual currency on the stores.
snap0212
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(01-16-2013, 06:05 PM)

Originally Posted by Zoe

Probably will never happen due to the wallet--the one drawback of using actual currency on the stores.

Are you sure that's an actual problem? They could just convert the currency left in your wallet or only let you change the country if you wallet it empty or something like that.
Arjen
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(01-16-2013, 06:09 PM)
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Hmm, seems like i got an extra month live added in the process as well.
Bought 3 months live on Nov -17, so that would have ended Feb -17.
But now my live ends at March -16

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