The More You Know: PSN Content Can Be Region Locked

Chris writes: "It seems that there is a way for publishers to lock content based on the region you are accessing from. I tried to access the game via my Japanese PSN account and it would not work either. While this shouldn’t alarm anyone, I mean this is a Japanese karaoke game, but I am just posting this to let you know it exists. Hopefully publishers continue with the status quo and do not region lock proper games."

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PirateThom2516d ago

Of course it can... the original US Uncharted demo was region locked...

Dante1122516d ago (Edited 2516d ago )

So what'll be folks, regional locks on all games (bye Japanese PSN games played on US account) or limited game sharing? I'll take limited game sharing please. But yeah, I hope publishers won't ever do this though.

egidem2516d ago (Edited 2516d ago )

At least we should be thanking Sony for making the disc games open region this gen.

It means that not only do we get to play games normally not available in our region, but we can also play them without the need of another console from a different region, or waiting for them to be released in our region.

So I applaud Sony for making that decision. with the PS3, PSP UMDs and I hope the PS Vita is the same way. Microsoft took a similar route too although it's still up to the devs and publishers to lock the region or not.

The other guys (Ninty) STILL remain adamant - they won't make their content region free, down to most of their portables as well. I hope this will perhaps change next gen with the WiiU? (I doubt it!) I understand reasons to region lock content, such as pricing issues, wouldn't that give customers a greater choice in where to buy their content?

But alas, BluRay movies are STILL region locked. Darn.

GribbleGrunger2516d ago (Edited 2516d ago )

it's been like that since launch. this article merely points out that it 'can' be region locked. it doesn't say that all games are going to be. what a pointless piece of shite

Dir_en_grey2516d ago

I tried the Karaoke game too, too bad it's region locked.

It won't mean more games will be region locked from now on; with Karaoke, the music and video industry in Japan are very strict with their copy rights, that is the reason why it's region locked.

It's the same with video services across different countries on PS3.

StayStatic2516d ago (Edited 2516d ago )

Why do i get the feeling this will be in the hottest section tomorrow :O

Either way region locking is a pain :/

Silly gameAr2516d ago

I remember when I to downloaded Vidzone on my UK account when it was first came out, and couldn't access it, even on my UK account. I'm guessing certain games and demos work the same way.

C_Menz2516d ago

So? Every console has region locked games or other items. Nothing to see here.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi2516d ago (Edited 2516d ago )

Duh... that's why people have been making multiple accounts on psn since ps3 released.

Oh wait... you mean locked by region you download from? Well that's just cruel.

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