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Submitted by Lavalamp 644d ago | news

Yoshida cannot yet confirm region-free PS4

PlayStation 3 is a region-free games console. You can import games from all around the world and play them no matter what region your system. According to Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, Sony cannot yet confirm if PlayStation 4 will boast the same capability. (PS4, Shuhei Yoshida)

nrvalleytime  +   644d ago
It seems that Sony's PR department needs to get its act together a bit. I don't say that to be controversial, but, unless this information is intentionally being withheld, it sounds like Yoshida simply doesn't know rather than being unwilling to share. This, and backwards compatibility, are two issues I'd love to see answered soon.
UnholyLight  +   644d ago
Agree agree agree
Red_Orange_Juice  +   644d ago
People are making it look like a drama cos Sony doesny want to spill everything at once

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Donnieboi  +   644d ago
What are you? His alt?
UnholyLight  +   643d ago
I retract my statement actually lol.
LOL_WUT  +   644d ago
Maybe its something thats being looked at? Or it might be discussed at E3 who knows.

As for the backwards compatibility if you saw the presentation they talked about how Gaikai could one day enable the Ps4 to play PS1, PS2 and PS3 games. Also I think it was mentioned already that the PS4 won't be able to support PS3 disc based or downloaded games.
SoapShoes  +   644d ago
Dude they don't need to answer this crap till E3 and obviously not everything is finalized. It was the same with the WiiU and 360 before they launched, we had to wait for every detail.
EbeneezerGoode  +   644d ago
BC and RF are the two LEAST of my worries. No Reselling used games?, Pay to (basic) play online? were far more important imo and one of those seems to have been answered at least (used games can be used/sold - finger's crossed).

Now all they need to tell me is that yes I CAN play online in a basic fashion at least, for FREE and I'm sold on the PS4.

I have 2 PS3s here I couldn't care less about BC frankly.

Region free? Slightly more important for importing but not a deal breaker.
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ziggurcat  +   644d ago
sony's already confirmed that used games are playable on the PS4.

it was an idiotic rumour to begin with (i.e. anti-used games).
EbeneezerGoode  +   643d ago
@ziggurcat You should recheck your sources. See latest article on it. As said it's still a 'finger's crossed' scenario at the moment (apparently up to publishers but the tech MAY exist in the PS4 to be used at will).

No way am I'm buying games at the same prices we've always paid (high) if we can't even recoup a little by selling them on in time. Slash game prices if they want to play that game!
Godchild1020  +   644d ago
Every Sony console has been region free, why stop now? I love playing Japanese games that have little to no chance of being localized. If they release more games from Japan more often in EU/NA, then I guess it won't be as bad. But I doubt they would do that.
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nolifeking  +   644d ago
I don't remember Ps1 or 2 being region free. I bought way too many swap magics for that to be true.
Godchild1020  +   644d ago
You are right. I never had to import games from the PS1/PS2 days nor did I have the money to import. But also back then we seen more games localized for the PS1/PS2.

I was thinking more PS3, PSP and Vita. So, I guess that is not every console.
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first1NFANTRY  +   644d ago
hahaha swap magic was the buzinizzzz
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nolifeking  +   644d ago
@god
No problem, you just had me thinking I spent money that I have shouldn't. But I should have known with the store in my area. GameMania for anyone In California.
KingKelloggTheWH  +   644d ago
Wasnt the Vita region free?
If so,then no worries.
r21  +   644d ago
The vita is still region free :D Sony, dont break the trend now, make the PS4 region free.
majiebeast  +   644d ago
I think we will know at E3 but psvita is region free so im betting the ps4 is aswell.
Reverent  +   644d ago
I think it's safe to say it will be region-free.
andrewsqual  +   644d ago
Vita, a console just released a year ago is region free. PS4 will be region free.
MasterCornholio  +   644d ago
What im really hoping for is a unified playstation store. I live in Europe so many times i get ticked off when the US or Japan receive content months before we do. Hopefully with a unified store we should be able to avoid this.
MegaLagann  +   644d ago
Sony, you see I am what you would call a big Nintendo fan, out of all the developers out there they're one of my favorite if not my favorite, but if there's ONE THING that p*sses me off to no end about Nintendo, is when they region lock their consoles and handhelds. Sony, the PS3, PSP and Vita being region free were honestly one of the main selling points for those systems for me, so please, for the love of Chad Warden his holiness, make the PS4 region free, there's always a bunch of games that never make it out of Japan that I want to play without getting a Japanese console or modding my current console and you give me the ability to do so, unlike Nintendo *bursts a blood vessel*. I'm 100% sure it'll be region free, but when you say stuff like this it makes me paranoid.
ShiftyLookingCow  +   644d ago
If Region free is also confirmed then I am totally with Sony for the PS4. They really emphasized on the games this time.
Sucitta  +   644d ago
they really emphasized games last time with ps3..

guess you didn't notice.
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ShiftyLookingCow  +   642d ago
By "time", I meant the coming generation of consoles. I should have been clearer.

I was just worried the console industry as a whole was going to prioritize other media and casual over core games(MS and 360 in general, Wonderbook from Sony, etc) and perhaps start blocking used games and games from other regions.
nolifeking  +   644d ago
Hopefully they leave it up to the publisher. It worked out this gen.
BitbyDeath  +   644d ago
I like Shuhei responses, always straight forward and just comes off as a really nice guy.

Keep up the awesome work Mr Yoshida.
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NateCole  +   644d ago
come on sony. keep it region free please.
Chrono  +   644d ago
They better not make it region locked.
feels  +   644d ago
if not region free i suicide
ApolloTheBoss  +   644d ago
It's region free. He's just saving the info for E3. He can't tell us everything right now.
jay2  +   644d ago
That's a 'It's region locked, it's too early to announce it yet' f@@@ grrrrrrrrr.

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