Sony: No Region Locking for PlayStation 4

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Contrary to the approach Microsoft is taking with Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 will be region free, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed.

After announcing the pricing of the console at last night’s E3 presser, Yoshida took to Twitter with the extra details.

Sony has further clarified with Joystiq and other websites that the region-free system will be similar to that of the PlayStation 3. In other words, there will be no region-locked games unless a developer chooses to implement the measure, as Atlus did with Persona 3 Arena on the PlayStation 3. To date, no other publisher has implemented the draconian solution on their games.

“In general, neither digital or disc-based games will be region locked, but we recommend users purchase games at the region of their residence to guarantee the best overall consumer experience (eg, customer service). In addition, certain software makers’ game titles may be region locked.”

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1 Comment on Sony: No Region Locking for PlayStation 4


On June 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

Little things like this are one thing that makes me like Sony. Although I’ve only ever imported a single game (found out the hard way ps2 IS region locked -_- ) but it’s always nice to have options when developers decide that their game “isn’t suited for your market”.