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Rumor: Sony to Region-Restrict New PS3 Games Using SDK 3.50

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217w ago - According to French site PS3Gen.fr (linked above), Sony may be planning to region-restrict upcoming PS3 video games using the new 3.50 SDK.

To quote, roughly translated: "While Sony had surprised everyone by not only zoned games on PS3, unlike the PS2 or the PS1, it seems that this idea can be challenged in the near future.

Since the advent of the SDK 3.50, it is possible for official developers restrict their PlayStation 3 games at a specific region.

For information, be aware that verification of the region of the disc was in fact quietly implemented since the 3.30 firmware but was not yet usable by the studios.

Here are screenshots from a PlayStation 3 when trying to launch a drive to a "bad area"... following an audit of this same disc into console development.

If any games yet so far does this "feature", however it is likely that it will be in the coming months."

[Register or Login to view links] states: "Some people said that the region restriction is old and already used with some demos, but it's wrong! This feature was added in 3.30 SDK and cannot be used with previous software versions. The very few demos using that kind of region lock in old firmwares had nothing to do with that new feature.

You can just verify it checking the PARAM.SFO, when the region restriction is active you will find a "REGION_DENY" in it. But like a picture worth 1000 words, this is a "Check" did on an app with the Region Restriction activated. Cya!"

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#35 - Mumps - 217w ago
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I'm going to buy an XBOX to buy the few little games that I was going to buy for PS3, and leave the PS3 for exclusive "backups". Way to go Sony!

#34 - naqdyuzen - 217w ago
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So no more Japanese game for me then? This has started to be like an xbox.

What next, banned console?

#33 - cSharpShooter - 217w ago
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i hope this is true so Sony gets another asskicking.

#32 - n3xclusiv3z - 217w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by bitsbubba View Post
just editing PARAM.SFO never seems to work alone

actually it worked for me flawlessly... for lucha, moh, and mma for me...

#31 - SuperDre - 217w ago
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Screw SONY again, they promised the games would be region free...

After ripping OtherOS another option we are being screwed over by sony..


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