E3 2013: PS4 will be region free; pre-orders now live

Sony's press conference for the PlayStation 4 at E3 2013 on Monday night was by far the most exciting of the media events we attended on Monday. In addition to showing off cool games, Sony said the PS4 would have a launch price of just $399, and would have no used game disc restrictions and no online authentication.

Sony's Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida also announced another big feature for the PS4. He took to Twitter to reveal, "And yes, PS4 is region free :D." Joystiq posted a clarification on that statement from a Sony spokesperson:

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.

Meanwhile, a number of online retailers have started taking pre-orders for the PS4, including Amazon, GameStop, and Walmart.

Source: Joystiq | Image via Sony

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