New PS4 FAQ Mentions Possible Region Locked Games, Shuhei Yoshida Says Console Is Still Region Free

on October 6, 2013 12:49 PM

With the opening of the preorders of the PS4 (that went sold out almost instantly) in Japan, Sony Released a new official FAQ to explain the consoles most relevant ins and outs, and there’s one point that got a few gamers worried about the possibility of not being able to play games from regions different from their console.

Q: Can I use in Japan the game titles and PS4 console released overseas? Conversely, can PS4 titles sold in Japan be used in foreign countries?

A: From the view point of each region’s safety standards and to guarantee operation, please purchase the PS4 console and the games that are sold in your area. There’s the possibility that the titles of some software developers could be region locked. In addition to that, you may no longer eligible for support if you use a an overseas model of the PS4 in Japan.

This obviously put some gamers on edge, especially the part about possible region locked games, and one of those gamers asked SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida directly.

In the twitter exchange above Yoshida-san is asked “wasn’t the PS4 region free?” When he doesn’t understand the question, he’s shown the url of the FAQ I translated above, and responds “That doesn’t deny that it’s region free at all”.

Indeed it doesn’t, as the console itself is region free, but it does say that some games may be region locked. Hopefully we’re looking at a situation similar to the PS3 that, to my knowledge, had only one region locked game (Persona 4: Arena) during its whole lifetime.

Unfortunately it was a very good one, and it caused European gamers to have to wait for it for a rather relevant amount of time, but only one is definitely better than many.

 /  Executive News Editor
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