Looks like the practice of region locking is alive and well at Microsoft, as games for its newly announced console have been confirmed to only run on machines from the same territory. It’s worth mentioning that while all previous Xbox incarnations have been region locked, Sony’s PS3 did away with the needlessly restrictive system and is likely to do so again with the PS4.
“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale,” according to a Microsoft rep. “We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.” At least they’re not charging a fee to region-unlock games for a specific region. That we know of.
Source Digital Trends
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