Microsoft have confirmed that the Xbox One will be region-locked, which will be a bit of a blow to import fans as gamers will not be able to buy games internationally for use on their home territory consoles.
“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale,” said a Microsoft rep, issuing a statement to Digital Trends.
“We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.”
This isn't particularly surprising. After all, the Xbox 360 was region-locked, along with the PSOne, PS2, and Nintendo's recent consoles. However, the PS3 and the PS Vita are region-free, leaving the option of region-locking games down to developers, which most have foregone.
Sony have not revealed what the state of play is yet with the PS4, only that they have an answer, according to Sony Worldwide Studios head honcho Shuhei Yoshida, but aren't telling just yet.