Microsoft Can't Tell Us If The Xbox One Is Region-Free Or Not

Microsoft has this week released some confusing statements and policies regarding how the Xbox One will work around the world. We've tried to get to the bottom of them, with no avail.

Earlier in the week, a guide on pre-ordering the Xbox One was published by Microsoft. Saying that the console is only launching in 21 countries this November, it also says the following:
Xbox One games are for activation and distribution only in specified geographic regions. See game package and/or retailer product information, for each game’s specific geographic regions.

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PirateThom1953d ago

Probably best to just assume the worst at this stage.

If you can't even use the thing in every country of the world, why would you be able to use the games from other regions?

medman1953d ago

Region locked is a given considering it locks you out of the games you've already purchased in your native country.

showtimefolks1953d ago

its region locked already confirmed by MS

MS has already made many questionable decisions why stop at region lock

BitbyDeath1953d ago

MS have already confirmed it is region locked.

Kevlar0091953d ago

Guess which system isn't

All those people in Europe who thought of the idea of porting a cheaper one from the US just got denied.

MikeMyers1953d ago

From this article:

"Similar to the movie and music industry, games and other content must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale – which means that games will work in the broad geographic regions for which they have been cleared, much as today with Xbox 360."

So how does Sony get away with region-free?

"While the console itself is not geographically restricted, a user’s Xbox Live account, content, apps and experiences are all tied to the country of billing and residence."

I know some people have multiple Playstation accounts to access content in other regions.

Chrono1953d ago

Games and movies don't have the same rules. For games, it is up to the platform maker.

MikeMyers1953d ago

Microsoft said games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines. So why does one company have region locked while another is more lenient? I'm not being a smart-ass, I simply don't know.

Hicken1953d ago

Apparently, there's no need for region locking, legally. It's really down to each manufacturer.

So why do Nintendo and Microsoft do it, if Sony doesn't?

MikeMyers1953d ago (Edited 1953d ago )

That link shows that Sony had the PSOne and PS2 region locked but not the PS3, Vita or PSP.

Hicken wrote,
"It's really down to each manufacturer."

That link also states this:

"The original Xbox as well as the Xbox 360 are region-locked, although it is up to the publisher if a game is region-free or not. A number of games are region-free and will play on a unit from any region. Digital content through Xbox Live are also region-locked, such as DLC, movies, and apps. The upcoming Xbox One has been confirmed continue this same system."

So it seems that Nintendo is the most strict, Microsoft leaves it up to the publisher and Sony makes it region free ever since the PSP.

MikeMyers1952d ago

So I get a disagree for quoting an article by the same person who gave me the link? Interesting.

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Godmars2901953d ago

So they're trying to backtrack on another statement?

There is something seriously wrong with them.

Ilovetheps41953d ago

They tried backtracking when Phil Harrison mentioned the 24 hours thing. After he mentioned the 24 hours, they put out a statement saying that that was just one of the many options they were considering.

NameRemoved00171953d ago

Microsoft should of learned from GFWL that people do not like DRM and forced services.

killbillvolume121953d ago

I really wish region locking would just go and die arghhh.

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