Shifting regions for an XBox Live account used to be a world of hurt, but it appears that Microsoft's softening its stance on gamers who move countries with their beloved consoles in tow.
NeoWin reports that Microsoft's working on a tool that will allow gamers to shift regions once every three months with a simple click-to-change tool which will shift the region that their Xbox Live account is associated with. Your gamerscore, achievements, subscription time and any points you have will shuffle with you, but not your Xbox Music subscription or "some content".
Which content? Microsoft's not exactly clear on this point, but notes that it may include content which "may be blocked in the new region because of legal obligations or regional restrictions" — which means, presumably, if you had Mortal Kombat DLC, it'd vanish in a puff of Ninja smoke if you switched over to Australia as your region of choice.
No word on exactly when the planned region switching app will officially emerge, or whether it'll also check against other measures (such as the IP address) to confirm that your region has actually changed, for those who might be thinking of getting US/UK/JPN content we can't get here. [NeoWin]