In a statement on his blog, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb has announced that the Xbox Live service will now accept military addresses as billing options within the system. The system will support Armed Forces of the Americas (AA), Armed Forces Europe (AE) and Armed Forces Pacific (AP) addresses for credit card information. The change is effective immediately.
From Mr. Hyrb:
We hope this makes it easier for the men and women in the United States Armed Forces to stay connected to the Xbox LIVE community.
Thank you for everything you do.
Analysis: I cannot believe it took until 2011 to get this right. Then again, it’s not surprising. I know I had big problems getting even large companies to ship me items while I was living on the USS George Washington in the early part of last decade because they simply didn’t support FPO addresses. It got to the point where I was having to have things shipped to my home of record and have them mailed to me. That’s obviously not possible with digital content, so the lack of support for FPO and APO addresses for the past four plus years was a major issue.
It’s about time Microsoft got it right. Trust me when I say this is a big deal to those that were affected.