I recently moved to the USA from South Africa. I know the region code on my XBox can't be changed (at least not legitimately). Can Microsoft put a new DVD drive in with the US region? Or am I screwed and will have to get a whole new XBox?
Since South Africa, and most EuroAsia Countries use PAL, It would only be compatible with PAL Disc. NTSC disc would not work. However with the amount of games available on Demand. You could technically keep your system as is and download content directly from your dashboard or xbox.com with no issues. The benefit is games would load quicker, don't have to swap disc to play games. Of course harddrive real estate is an issue, but with a large Harddrive and Download History shouldn't be much of an issue. Your pre-owned games would obviously still work, and I think you can even find PAL games, for sale online and get it shipped. Also note all Games are NOT REGION LOCKED [as stated above] .. you could find region free games.
Windy SquirrelCan Microsoft put a new DVD drive in with the US region?
Second, I think you mean South Africa region (PAL), since your console is from the USA.
Or am I screwed and will have to get a whole new XBox?
Keep in mind not all games are region-locked. It's not a requirement.