PS4 Online Blocked for Countries Without a Store

PlayStation Plus isn't available everywhere, and neither is the PlayStation Store, and although Sony has made every effort to roll features out to every country interested, it's not always possible. Up until recently, this has been a minor inconvenience, a barrier that blocks some people from taking advantage of free games, digital purchases and cloud saves. What about for the PS4 though? It's today been confirmed that unless you have access to a PlayStation Store in your region, you won't be able to play online on Sony's next-gen console.

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Lovable1733d ago

Well that sucks huh? At least you can play offline.

Abash1733d ago

Well they did say they were bringing the PS Store to those countries asap so they'll be getting online eventually

Lovable1733d ago

Promises are meant to be broken :p

Abash1733d ago


It's a bit different now since they are making a huge push for digital PS4 game sales as well as PS+ being needed for online. They'd be missing out on a lot by not bringing the PS Store to those countries

Xaphy1733d ago

you can make an account for any country you want. No big deal. I created one US account and one EU account when i lived in Lebanon where the store isnt available. No biggy.

NewMonday1733d ago

well said

the PS4 is not region locked, anyone can sign-up to any PSN store from anywhere.

Salooh1733d ago

It's really sad that they ignore us who don't have a store. At least let us change the country of our accounts. Now i have to abandon my 2007 account :( . It's really stupid of them..

Blacktric1733d ago

"To clarify, the affected territories are: Bahrain, Lebanon, Romania, Oman, Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus and Iceland.”"

I'm not trying to be a dick here or anything but having 8 countries in your "non available list" is far better than having only 21 in your "available" list. Also, like Xaphy stated before, you can create a US or EU account if the service ends up not being available on launch day in your country. That's what I did (living in Turkey) to access PlayStation Store until late 2011. And buying PS wallet credit codes off of ebay or local websites are really easy, so getting a Plus subscription shouldn't be a problem.

nix1733d ago

xaphy, even i have a US and UK account.

in US, i live in 90210. in UK, i live in 12th, downing street. lol.

garos821733d ago

when I lived in Cyprus during ps3 launch I had two accounts one in uk and one in Japan.I hope they can do the same with ps4

guitarded771733d ago

QUESTION: Can't you just make an account for a different country? I have friends all around the world with US accounts, and they have no problems.

Bhai1733d ago

They are a few and far between:

from the article:
"the affected territories are: Bahrain, Lebanon, Romania, Oman, Slovakia, Malta, Cyprus and Iceland.”

BISHOP-BRASIL1733d ago (Edited 1733d ago )


Actually those 8 countries are just the markets where PlaySation products are being officially distributed but lack an Store, there plenty of markets where it's not distributed and also markets with a Store that don't have Plus services (here in Brazil it's an example) where you supposedly is being cutted out of multiplayer.

That said, it's not impossible to still play multiplayer in any country if current PSN is any indication (which is very likely, considering there will be account migration from PS3 into PS4). You can just make a foreig account, buy PSN cards and use an account and Plus service of that region... People have been doing this here in Brazil throughout the almost entirety of PS3 life (even before PSN cards really, by linking a foreign account with a native credit card, this is no longer possible though as card and account need to match region/postal code).

EDIT: Should had readed your comment more carefully, basically just re-afirmed what you already said, my bad.

badz1491732d ago (Edited 1732d ago )

but due to the PS4 being region free, you can always open a foreign account in the country with PSN and buy PS+ account there! best bet is US and they always get the best stuff and US PSN card can easily be bought from eBay or some other websites

SolidStoner1732d ago (Edited 1732d ago )


I live in LATVIA... europe... I have ps3 and most of my friends have... but we dont have PS store... we buy games from fake accounts...

and this means that I could not play PS4 online???????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????? ? ????????????

I have so many problems with my ps3 already.. meaning.. I cant properly buy games.. play online with my fralg.. my time zone is wrong... everything about my profile is wrong.. and yet I live in Europe!!! same goes for my neighbor countries Lithuania and Estonia...

SONY FIX THIS ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The_Con-Sept1732d ago

Someone already said it. But if it costs Sony money for someone to buy something online from another region.... Then so be it. Sorry Sweeden!

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bicfitness1733d ago

I'm pretty sure that you can still make a PSN account from ANY country with a valid (or pulled from the internet) address; even order PSN cards or codes from that country to fill an international wallet. So I don't see what the big deal is.

Lovable1733d ago

Yeah I thought of this too since I have a Japanese and European account on my PS3 even though I live in Canada. I wonder if that will actually work?

Me-Time1733d ago


I hope it'll work like that for people in your situation. I have a bad feeling that Sony might not let that option be available so we'll just have to wait and see.

tiffac0081732d ago

Didn't Sony also say we carry over our accounts from our PS3 to the PS4 like they did with the Vita? I mean here in the Philippines we have no PS store but I have US and HK accounts.

etebitan1732d ago

So to clarify.. Im from Costa Rica (central america) and I have a US account since I bought the ps3 back in 08.. I´ve always bought games with psn credit codes bought from amazon.. Does my US account will still work for games, online playing and so on (because I can´t access VOD for example, or buying movies from the store due to copyright issues)? Or now will all the content be locked to me, and im just gonna be able to play offline and play games by buying the retail disc and not from the psn?? thanks in advance for any answer guys.. Hope I get to use the psn with the ps4 the same way I have done for 5 years with my ps3 =s

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RM-TatoTiburon1733d ago

i can use my US PSN account on my PS4 just like a US XLIVE account on my XboxOne NOT PROBLEM AT ALL

Gamer19821732d ago

Xbox live is not available around the globe either..

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NYC_Gamer1733d ago

The console still works offline though

FordGTGuy1733d ago

PS4: It can play offline but we can't promise you online!

Monkeysmarts1733d ago

As opposed to Xbox One: lol buy an Xbox 360 if you don't have internet?

HammadTheBeast1733d ago

Actually, just make an account for a country where it is available.

TXIDarkAvenger1733d ago


Well lets be honest here. If you own a 360, you should have internet. If you don't have internet, buy a PS3 since its a loner system

kreate1733d ago


That's kinda funny ..
Loner system :)

But I think Wii is more of a loner system due to the lack of care from pretty much everyone, Nintendo included.

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mafiahajeri1733d ago (Edited 1733d ago )

This is BS I live in Bahrain and I know a lot of people here with pa3s pretty much all of them have NA or EU accounts. NA and EU cards PSN cards are available here too. There's no difference in having an account that's native to your country. Just pick a country that has a PS store, problem solved.

CoLD FiRE1733d ago

Yes. There's a difference. I know this is about the PS4 but N4G was up in arms when MS said the same thing about the X1 let alone the fact it's also the same as the X360 and PS3 right now.

Yes if you create a US account you'll be able to access that country's store from your country (in your case Bahrain) but it doesn't mean you'll be able to access everything from that store. For instance, you might be able to download Netflix buy will not be able to run it even if you have a valid Netflix account (Due to copyright and all that stuff).

The same can happen with games, though the PS3/PS4 are region free, some games only allow downloads based on your IP so you wouldn't be able to download said games (Of course you can work around it using a VPN.. but that's not point).

GamersRulz1733d ago

log in with a US/EU/JP account, problem solved because PS4 is region free.

FordGTGuy1733d ago

Unless the PSN Store is now the new region-lock they are using, just because the console isn't region-locked doesn't mean that the PSN store isn't.

Monkeysmarts1733d ago

PSN store isn't region locked.

NewMonday1733d ago

face palm!

you can pick any digital region in any geographical region.

Hicken1733d ago

Trying too hard there, troll.

CaptainSheep1733d ago

I hope that's true. I live in Pakistan, and there's probably no chance of the Store coming here.
I'm a huge PlayStation fanboy and I'll be really sad if I won't be able to play online. :/

Salooh1733d ago

Don't worry. Just create a new account and put the country USA or Europe then buy ps+ for it. It will work :)

But you will have to abandon your account like me T_T

Genuine-User1733d ago

When creating a PSN account, choose the cheapest region (for pakistani rupees) that supports the store.

ashade1733d ago (Edited 1733d ago )

you know, i don't worry much about that through i live in unsupport country

unlike xbone, playstation don't block IP, so i just need to creat account from support country to purchase the PS+ through prepaid card

i did it very long time with PS3 (my account is US) so i'll do this in PS4 too

oh well, i think most of the xbone fanboy will use this to creat the fuss, can't blame them because most of them live in xbone support country so they never know about thse workaround of PSN unsupport country

FordGTGuy1733d ago

Xbox One doesn't block IPs and Microsoft has never said it would.

TheEvilWithin1733d ago

Out to defend that Xbox today huh Ford. You can take it easy. No one really cares about Xbox any more so you don't have to jump in and defend it. SONY fans have a work around. END OF STORY.

Serg1733d ago

They said it's region locked, and it was confirmed that it will not work at all in unsupported countries. Only the 21 countries that are supported will be able to play games with it, until Microsoft officially releases it in other countries.

Why o why1733d ago

Sorry ford...its locked. There was a massive article on it on n4g just the other day. With ps plus as it stands you can download from other regions with no issue other than the potential language barrier.

joeorc1733d ago

Exactly, this works straight away on the PS3 even right now, in fact I even made a japanese PSN account so i could get some games from japan, and go into Japans Playstation Home! So yes indeed this does infact work!