PSVita likely to be region-free

Sony VP suggests no per-territory locking for new handheld

The PlayStation Vita may be region free, a senior Sony executive has claimed.

Michael Denny, vice president of Sony Worldwide Studios, revealed to IGN that he was not aware of any region-locking technology for the new handheld's physical game format, NVG cards.

By contrast, Nintendo's 3DS is region-locked - only the second Nintendo handheld to do so, following the DSi. Sony's last handheld, the PSP, was essentially region-free too, as is the PS3 (although the option to use a hardware lock is present in the system).

However, Sony does employ regional restrictions for PSN purchases.

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Richard Westmoreland Senior Game Designer, Codemasters Birmingham8 years ago
Great news. Region locks should be resigned to the past.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 8 years ago
What good is region free software if the PSN shop employs ip filters to split the online shop into many regions. Having region-free executables carries no meaning in a world where other means protect local differences in pricing structures. Dead Nation Germany anyone?
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Tony Johns8 years ago
I am glad that they are using some sort of NVG cards so I can at least buy the Japanese games though import via online stores.

At least that is some comforting news to my ears.

Or I hope there are those cards that can be sold in retail with the games on them.
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Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 8 years ago
That's the way to do it. I hate it when companies can decide when we can play what when it is the customers who keep them in business
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Mark Raymond Gamer; Consumer; Blogger 8 years ago
Sony need every bullet point they can get their hands on to sell to a public who are losing interest in dedicated portable gaming devices.
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Jamie Watson Studying Bachelor of Games & Interactive Entertainment, Queensland University of Technology8 years ago
this will be good if its true,i might pick one up and then be able to get cheap from UK imports...

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 8 years ago
Please SONY... region free!!!
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Nic Z8 years ago
@Jamie - yep great for Aussie consumers who are always getting ripped off on prices. I'll only buy from UK or US now (1/2 price)
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Tony Johns8 years ago
@Nic Z

Don't forget Aussie gamers who not only miss out on allot of Japanese games, but also the Aussies who are adults who are sick and tired of the government not allowing us to have an R18+ rating for gaming.

I am not holding my breath on the AG's, so I am sure hoping that the federal home affairs minister will try to take the matter to the High Court of Australia so we can stand a chance against all those family groups and Australian Christian Lobby that are obviously sending inaccurate info to the AGs.

It makes their life hard as well as our lives hard knowing that we need ALL of those AGs to say yes just for us to play the games we want.

But to be truthful, the Classification Board can make their own decisions, we don't want them to be held hostage to a single AG who does not want us to be playing a game that is R18+.

We should have an independant system like the ESRB in America that is not controlled by the older generation of politicians who don't know how to turn on a game console.

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