Importing is go: PlayStation Vita is region free

Saturday, 17th September 2011 09:09 GMT By Debabrata Nath

Import-happy gamers would be delighted to learn that PS Vita won’t be region-locked.

The news was confirmed by Sony Computer Entertainment’s president of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida. In answer to a question asked to him on Twitter about whether or not Vita will be region free, he responded by saying, “Yes, it is.”

This means western gamers will be able to import Japanese-only Vita games without worrying about whether or not they’ll work.

More importantly, this also means you can go ahead and import a PS Vita when it releases in Japan this December, as long as you’ve no qualms about owning a Japanese system.

PS Vita is scheduled to release on December 17 in Japan. The 3G version will set you back by ¥29,980 and the WiFi version will cost ¥24,980.

No details have yet been given for any western launches.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. monkeygourmet


    Now thats a spicy meat ‘a’ ball….

    #1 3 years ago
  2. ultramega


    #2 3 years ago
  3. Suikoden Fan

    if only the 3ds wasnt region locked, vita now beats it by default just based on that, shame really 3ds has potential but that lock kills it for me

    #3 3 years ago
  4. cgalla2000

    I can’t even remember where to import from these days, now that Lik Sang and HK-somethingorother are both gone. Do Play Asia do things like this?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. monkeygourmet


    Im hoping play Asia will! They have it listed as pre-order:

    #5 3 years ago
  6. KAP

    I remember finishing work early at covent gardens and walking to tottenham court road to buy myself an imported PSP from an import shop for £400 and a Gb memorystick for £99 about… 7 years ago now. Its funny, today you couldnt give a 1 Gb memorystick away lol.

    Feels like forever.. wow!

    Will I take that very trip again in december?

    Hmmmmm… maybe not this time BUT I’m really excited about the Vita and will defo get it at PAL launch. Now that I’m older I’ve learnt that those who import stuff early isn’t really gaining anything when 3 months apart of PAL released is concerned.

    For those that will buy an import, be carful where you get one from.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. monkeygourmet


    Cool story!

    I remember paying about £120 for Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting on the SNES when that came out on US import!

    I had to buy a massive convertor where you had to stick a PAL game to the back of it to run it properly! ;)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    So those that are quick enough will be able to import from Japan?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    ^ Yes, and it’ll play US & PAL games with no problem.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Suikoden Fan

    wont you need a power converter for the charger?

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    @11, Good point, not sure what plugs the Japanese use.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. monkeygourmet


    You can get one from Maplin or places like that. I paid about £15.00 for one when i imported a DS lite

    #12 3 years ago
  13. NeoSquall

    Actually, the real (bad) news would be if the console WASN’T region free.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. KrazyKraut

    Yes like me, but I paid just 333 €. 400 GBP?^^ Wtf

    Perfect, so we can import Jap and US games.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Suikoden Fan

    @13 last time i checked maplins (online) the converters were never exactly what you needed unless you pay above £100

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    Sony: We do what Nintendon’t!

    #16 3 years ago
  17. cgalla2000

    @13 £15 for an adaptor? Good god. Did you get it from Harrods?

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Goffee

    Fine for a WiFi version, but don’t get the 3G! I suspect it won’t work here, the Japanese models will have HSDPA/HSUPA *specification for Japanese region*

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Christopher Jack

    Pretty sure we use HSDPA down here, I’m no expert on wireless frequencies though.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DrDamn

    You don’t need a power transformer, just an adaptor. So a few quid. It would be crazy to make a portable machine need a specific voltage. Even a PS3 handles multiple voltages.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. FerreroRussian

    @17 That’s a good one!

    #21 3 years ago
  22. The Evil Pope

    Nintendo take fucking note!

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Lounds

    @19 the UK uses the same standards surely, most smart phones are designed for Quadband so they can be used in all countries, why wouldn’t the PSV use the same transmitter?

    #23 3 years ago

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