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Xbox One Will Be Region-Locked

Matt Gardner
Games consoles, Import games, Microsoft, Region Lock, Xbox One

Xbox One Will Be Region-Locked

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.

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Tsung  May. 28, 2013 at 11:52

Region locking should be considered anti-competitive.

Breadster  May. 28, 2013 at 13:15

It's not surprising, particularly when considering everything else going on with the Xbox One. I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't even buy games for it in shops any more and you had to order them on the console from the Microsoft store or something.

Honestly, I couldn't be more cynical about gaming these days even though I love video games, and companies like Microsoft and EA just continue to make it worse.

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