The Xbox One Will Probably Be Region Locked
This may sound like a rehash of news that could very well have been assumed, but it seems Microsoft have confirmed that the Xbox One will follow suit with their previous console releases and be region locked, meaning the importing of games for the console will not be allowed.
Like I said, this isn’t really anything new when you consider that the Xbox 360 was also region locked, and it seems these measures are put in place in order to comply with legal requirements for selling the hardware across various global markets. Speaking to Digital Trends, a Microsoft spokesperson had this to say.
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“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale. We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.”
Looking at current-gen consoles, the PS3 is the only one that is still not locked and allows users to play games from anywhere in the world. Recently Persona 4 Arena became the first game region locked by their publisher on the PS3.
So if you’re a fan of importing titles, here’s another reason to not like the Xbox One. But then again, if you did import titles from overseas, you were never an Xbox fan in the first place.