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#1 +Audioboxer

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 21:37

As the details of the Xbox One continue to trickle out following the May 21, 2013 unveiling and the subsequent deluge of facts (some real, some not), we have one more piece of information to confirm about the console: the Xbox One will still feature regional locks.

“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale,” A rep from Microsoft confirmed to Digital Trends. “We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.”

No surprise here. Region locks are nothing new, especially for video games. Different parts of the world have different rules regarding what content is acceptable, both from a moral and a legal standpoint.

Brazil, for example, has incredibly high taxes on video game software and hardware. Whether or not those taxes are fair is another conversation, but without region locks people would simply circumvent the law and order their games and hardware from a foreign vendor.

While that might sound like a good thing for Brazilian gamers, it would create mind-bendingly complicated legal problems. All of that can be prevented by a simple piece of software that is already considered part of the industry standard.


Source: http://www.digitaltr...e-region-locks/


#2 Razorwing

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 21:38

Wait, I thought Blu Rays aren't region locked?

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 21:40

Wait, I thought Blu Rays aren't region locked?


Just like DVDs they can be region locked or region free.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 21:48

OMG it's going to be region locked?! No other console has ever been region locked before. This is unprecedented.

/cancels preorder!

#5 TrekRich

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 21:56

It would just be wrong if someone was able to get a game early! Or maybe pay a little less!

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 22:01

Region locks exist because countries don't trust or support their own import & customs departments.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 22:08

Region locks are really annoying but in fairness even Steam has them to some degree.

#8 Goldenheaven

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 22:13

X360 has them so why should we care about this news.

#9 The_Observer

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 22:23

Region locks are really annoying but in fairness even Steam has them to some degree.


cheaper prices in different parts of the world, but i can see get someone from neowin to gift me a game at a much lower cost then here in NZ. Can save 10-30$

#10 Goldenheaven

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 22:51

http://kotaku.com/mi...one-a-509511478 where someone asks the same question and gets no response so it might be fake.

#11 ctrl_alt_delete

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 22:55

Nothing to see here. Move along people.

#12 Pupik

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 23:03

Region locks are really annoying but in fairness even Steam has them to some degree.

To some degree? You can't play a game you purchased back home, if you live the country.
http://i.imgur.com/ZGvJdPh.jpg

#13 Torolol

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 23:16

well, this would invitites console modders again, if xbox1 successful that is.

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 23:24

To some degree? You can't play a game you purchased back home, if you live the country.
http://i.imgur.com/ZGvJdPh.jpg


That's only for certain purchase regions such as Russia, where games are heavily discounted to reduce the rate of piracy and/or if the developer chooses such.

#15 OP +Audioboxer

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 23:25

X360 has them so why should we care about this news.


Why did you post then if you don't care? Some people like to know everything they can, and just because the 360 has region locking does not mean the Xbox One was going to. Movies usually always get locked, but games aren't always region locked.