xbox-live

…finally!

Not just SA, but Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Russia will all be receiving their share of love from Microsoft. The service is set to go live before the end of the year [UPDATE: or sooner, if rumours are to be believed], which is the first time we’ve ever actually heard a solid date on this topic.

“Xbox LIVE is about building communities and connecting people to each other and to great content. This expansion is another step toward our vision for LIVE – to deliver the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, wherever you are in the world,” said Marc Whitten, General Manager, Xbox LIVE.

The service will be available this summer and will focus first on delivering the core gaming and community features that have made Xbox LIVE the world’s premier online gaming destination, including matchmaking, friends list, Achievements, Gamerscore, a tailored Games Marketplace and more.

Now, there’s been no mention of what will happen to all of us evil fraudsters that have been using a UK or US account all along, so don’t hold your breath for a convenient transfer method. Still, one can hope.
Update: Lazygamer.co.za chatted to local and important Microsoft people to get the answers to all the questions you may have. Most importantly:

Q: Will there be account migration available to everyone using accounts from other region?

A: Yes, they have also made it clear that it is very important to them for the gamer to be able to keep their gamertag, gamerscore as well as all purchases made on their current account.

Read more here.