Xbox One Games Are Region-Free
Written Friday, August 16, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One games won't be region locked, offering a ray of hope to the eight markets promised the console at launch, but won't see it release until 2014. You could import an Xbox One and games from one of the 13 launch markets this November.
"When the console launches this November, we will support Xbox One in 13 markets. Xbox One may be used in all countries, including the non-launched markets," Microsoft confirmed in a statement. "In addition, Xbox One games are not region locked. Any Xbox One game purchased at retail can be used in any country on any Xbox One."
Over on NeoGAF, Microsoft's Director of Marketing Albert Penello explained the reason for the Xbox One delay in eight countries was down to language and localisation, rather than manufacturing enough consoles. "Launch volumes are not really an issue. This was simply a software issue in terms of getting local language and voice support in the dash. It's pretty straightforward, but disappointing I know for people who are missing launch," Penello writes.
"Obviously, I support people waiting for the official supported launch in the affected markets for the best experience," he went on, before subsequently noting that all games are "worldwide signed"and therefore region-free, unlike Xbox 360 titles. Xbox One "will work everywhere (keeping in mind power supplies," he added.
"You can use one of the 13 digital marketplaces corresponding to our launch markets, assuming you have a valid payment instrument for those countries. Lots of people in Europe specifically travel, move, and visit family." However, Penello mentioned there is a workaround where payments are concerned, adding: "Now, of course, if you were using Pre-Paid cards..."
Music and video content such as Netflix is also "geo-restricted", but importing an Xbox One if you're in one of the eight affected countries getting the console in 2014, importing a console in November could be a viable option to waiting it out.