As we are all well aware of Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are both region locked. It can be frustrating for gamers as software purchases in the USA cannot be used in the UK (as just a small example) and Microsoft have confirmed that the Xbox One will be keeping region lock. A Microsoft rep told Digital Trends: “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.”
Can you really blame Microsoft for this? The grey area of this subject makes it hard to decide who is in the “wrong” of if anyone is at all. While it’s frustrating for the gamers who want to be able to buy games anywhere and play them anywhere it much also be equally frustrating for the companies to follow guide lines meaning they have to have region lock. Maybe some day we’ll have internationally available games, but the next generation is not that day.
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