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access_time June 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM in News by Charlie Grammer

Microsoft provides vague answers about if Xbox One is region locked

Microsoft neglects to provide a clear answer to possible region locking.

Microsoft neglects to provide a clear answer to possible region locking.

According to a report on Kotaku today, Microsoft is being rather dodgy with information about a possible region lock on the upcoming console.

The official statement regarding region locking was, “Xbox One games are for activation and distribution only in specified geographic regions. See game package and/or retailer product information, for each game’s specific geographic regions.” They futher added that military personnel would be able to take their consoles with them and play their games, providing that said games have already been activated in the United States.

When asked for more details, they replied with, “At this time, we have announced Xbox One will be available in 21 markets in November this year and additional markets later in 2014. Similar to the movie and music industry, games and other content must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale – which means that games will work in the broad geographic regions for which they have been cleared, much as today with Xbox 360. While the console itself is not geographically restricted, a user’s Xbox Live account, content, apps and experiences are all tied to the country of billing and residency.”

They refused to give any further info. Does this mean that the upcoming console is indeed region locked? If so, will there be a way to bypass it and play games from other regions on your console?


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