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  1. Suikoden Fan

    has there ever been a region locked ps3 game?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Yep, Strangle Hold was region locked due to the CE coming with Hard Boiled on the same disc.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Panipal2005

    ‘Region-free will impact sales outside of Japan’

    If I was interested in picking up Bayonetta, this dickheadedness would impact sales outside of Japan as well.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Just done another story. See top of site. Sounds true.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Robo_1

    “Yep, Strangle Hold was region locked due to the CE coming with Hard Boiled on the same disc.”

    Nope. I own that exact version and it plays fine – although to be fair, Midway only removed the region lock at the last minute.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    Play-Asia says all versions of Stranglehold on PS3 were region free too. I wasn’t aware they were able to region lock PS3 games – it’s not a publisher decision like it is on the 360.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    Interesting … this is from the official Sony Europe FAQ …

    “PLAYSTATION 3 software is not restricted by region. The majority of games purchased in another country will work on any PLAYSTATION 3 system. However, the decision to make games region specific is made by the publisher of each title and as a result, some games may not work on a PLAYSTATION 3 system purchased in a different country.”

    Apart from being a contradictory statement – if it was just up to the publisher then why is just about all PS3 software region free and a lot of 360 stuff is region locked. :/

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Dean

    @DrDamn: It means that there’s no fixed hardware restriction in-place, like there was with PS1 and PS2. Also, that there’s no inherent region restriction applied by the tools supplied to PS3 developers. But there *is* a way for developers to create region locked titles if they so wish. There are often valid reasons for publishers to do this – for instance, if they license other stuff such as audio/video content for a specific region, and their licenses require them to prevent playback outside of the authorised region.

    So the FAQ is correct. It’s completely down to the publisher.

    For the 360, I expect Microsoft have different systems/guidelines in-place to handle region locking.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. mashira

    Region locked games MEAN importing. Having a japanese PS3 there is no way to buy the domestic version.

    #9 5 years ago

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