Sony confirms PlayStation 4 is region free

Users will be able to play games from all regions on the PS4.

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will be region free.

Sony worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida took to Twitter to confirm that Sony's next-generation console wouldn't opt to restrict games to specific geographical regions.

"And yes, PS4 is region free :D," said Yoshida.

Microsoft's Xbox One will be region locked, meaning users couldn't play a Japanese game on an American console.

Sony announced last night that the PlayStation 4 would launch for $399 in North America, €399 in Europe, and £349 in the UK. Microsoft's Xbox One will retail for $499/€499/£425. Both consoles will be released later in 2013.

Sony also announced that it wouldn't restrict used games on its next-gen console, nor would the PlayStation 4 require an online check-in once every 24 hours.

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rupsasking
rupsasking

Can i buy it from US or UK to india?

madahero
madahero

does that mean i can sgin up 2 psn in any country ?

triplizard
triplizard

The statement that the Xbox One is region locked blocking you from playing Japanese games is misleading. Games can be region locked by the publisher but most games are not - all of the Xbox 360 first party games, for example, are not region locked.

Region locking is something publishers have to do when there are split publishing deals or regional issues with things like music licensing. There's no financial incentive for a publisher to region lock so they only do it when they have to. I wonder how PS4 is going to get around that. Likely publishers just won't be able to put those games on the PS4 so gamers will lose out as a result.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

Thank you! My wallet doesn't thank you, but my inner mech fan does greatly

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Good job Sony. It's kind of sad Sony's getting accolades for just keeping the status quo, but Microsoft going full on anti-consumer jerk mode will do that. As an American living abroad, this is especially good news to me since it means I have a choice between games in my language and local games as well.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Everytime Xbox One is trying to reel me in PS4 seems to pull me back away. Nice Sony.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Chances are that if you wanted to import from Japan, you'd be importing a game for PS4, so AWESOME. More points for Sony's new console.

Stasiss13
Stasiss13

Well, totally read that wrong at first.  Thought it said Religion-Free.  Users will be able to play games from all religions on the PS4. 

I was gonna say, that's good.  Makes more sense now though

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Yes, import-friendly as ever!  Looks like Sony's maintaining that great aspect of its Playstation brand.  As much as I loved the 360 this gen, the PS3 was the console that had all the Japan-only titles made for it.  Well, for obvious reasons.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

REGION FREE!  It would have been a big deal a few generations before but so many region exclusive games are ported now that I dont care that much.

Birth_By_Sorrow
Birth_By_Sorrow

Good.

XBO has... what exactly on PS4? Not bashing any MS fans or future XBO purchasers but... this is ridiculous.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Thank goodness. I love to import the Japanese titles (I'm in a different region from them and the US) :)

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The Playstation 4 continues to please. Region free

agpickle
agpickle

Wonder if it applies to bluray movies as well?

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Blu Ray has Japan in the same region as the US anyway, so for anime and games you are set from the get go. But its nice to have the region free to get some of the cool Euro exclusives they get. 


Also like many have said PS3 was region except for Persona Arena, which was the fault of Atlus not Sony, so there wont be some major shift like Ebay quadrupling.

cubachino
cubachino

And the used game market just quadrupeled on Ebay.

_Judas_
_Judas_

Does this mean that the PS4 will play dvd's from all sones aswell?

Raeldor
Raeldor

As a student of Japanese, I thank you!!

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Sony is doing all the right things...except for the PS+ online gaming thing.

andrescapo_
andrescapo_

Where is Microsoft's excuse now that "there are laws that prevent region-free games"?

Paul2004
Paul2004

Yet another win Sony, Region locking is a relic of the 90's. The PS3 dropped it and im glad 4 will continue it, makes finding games so much easier (Some arent released in both US and EU, which makes it hard to get or play)

bojan_sokol
bojan_sokol

so I can get games from NA which are cheaper from EU? yeah thats a good thing

triplizard
triplizard

@OJ_the_LION Most games on Xbox 360 are region free even though publishers can enable region locking. This is not ant-consumer jerk mode on MS part - I mean, really grow up. Why would they do that? Region locking is enabled when there are things like split publishing deals and are implemented by the publisher. If a publisher doesn't have world-wide rights to a game and the game can't be region locked they won't be able to publish it on the PS4 so guess what - if you have a PS4 you just won't get those games at all.

xiiraveniix
xiiraveniix

@agpickle Doubt it. PS3 only allows region-free games, not blu-ray movies. I figure it'll be the same.

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

@Mr_Big_Boss Yeah that does suck. Does it make your Netflix account useless like the Xbox?

BigAl519
BigAl519

@Mr_Big_Boss 

Whats wrong with paying a very small amount of money to use servers that cost a company money to maintain?

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

Considering all the improvements, added features and investments they've made for online, it's not cheap even for a multi-billion dollar company. Given that they're doing everything right, $5/m is pretty good ( far better than $15/m for Gold), considering the free games you get as well. I think they deserve that much anyway.

Sporks_Calamity
Sporks_Calamity

@andrescapo_ The PS has always been region free. MS stuck with their policy from the start - no region free. And didn't Sony try to clamp down on imports at one point.

OldKye
OldKye

@andrescapo_ Seems like they took a card from EA maybe 

EA: "would take years of coding to give you a offline mode"

*changes on line of code and plays offline*

EA: "..."

*Microsoft vigorously takes notes*

surferosh
surferosh

@Paul2004   totally true.. also some people like me have to move from one place to another for job purposes.. generally stay 2-3 years at one place.. so far been in south asia, middle east, uk and soon moving to Oz

Lhomity
Lhomity

@bojan_sokol  It is. Sort of. Its a luxury, which is nice. Supporting your local retailers and distributors who provide jobs and wealth to your local communities, is also a good thing.

Dumper1
Dumper1

@BigAl519 You're paying money for what was free before, also the price will only go up never down.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@Dumper1 @BigAl519  

No you have the option to pay for the servers or not.  As oppose to paying for the servers in the price of the console.

Dumper1
Dumper1

@Lhomity Paying more to play part of a game I've already paid for is not value.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Dumper1 @BigAl519  What was free before? An inferior service?

Quality is worth paying for. Value is something to be appreciated.