Xbox One will be region locked - Report
Game software and console hardware regions must match; lock introduced to comply with international laws.
The Xbox One will require game software to match the console's hardware region to play, according to a report by Digital Trends.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to the publication that region-specific encoding will be put in place to comply with legal requirements for selling the hardware across various global markets.
“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale," said the rep. "We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.”
Microsoft includes a similar feature on the Xbox 360, but allows game developers and publishers to determine whether they will opt to lock out players who import games from other countries. Nintendo’s Wii U software is also tied to the country of console purchase. Sony is yet to make an announcement regarding region locking on the PlayStation 4.
While the PlayStation 3 natively allows users to play discs from other countries, the PlayStation 3 version of Atlus-published fighter Persona 4 Arena recently became the first game on the platform to enforce region locking.
GameSpot contacted Microsoft, seeking confirmation and clarification of the report. The company was unable to provide a comment at the time of publication.
Modern Warfare Has A Crossbow & A Stat Reset Bug - GS News Update Apex Legends Season 4: Everything We Know In Under 3 Minutes Apex Legends Season 4 Start Date, New Legend, & New Weapon, Announced - GS News Update Doom Eternal's Combat Is Absolute Chaos, And It's Awesome How Warframe Plans To Improve In 2020 Xbox Game Pass Adds 4 Xbox One Games In January - GS News Update Doom Eternal And Big Delays Featuring Danny O'Dwyer - GameSpot After Dark #25 Star Trek: Picard Episode 1 "Remembrance" Breakdown & Easter Eggs The Future Of Kojima Productions - GS News Update Granblue Fantasy: Versus - Official "Opening Movie" Trailer Mortal Kombat 11 - Joker Fatalities, Brutalities, And Fatal Blow Gameplay Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind DLC Is Out On PS4
Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email firstname.lastname@example.org