164w 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."
DrEB 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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I was initially an x-box360 fan although i still own an xbox but shifted to a ps3 because psn was free and ps3 is not region locked.Where i live (Pakistan) games take around 2 weeks to come and cost around $90 and imagine a country like pakistan where the minimum wage is $80.
Anyway since here we have games coming from different regions it makes ps3 so convenient and now it just angers me that what sony is or will do. I mean this way you are turning away potential customers. The image that sony had is deteriorating and its as if sony does not care about us at all.
My conclusion is that both microsoft and sony are the same.they are exploiting us and no one can teach them a lesson.They will get what they deserve i am sure of it.
Well we here in Australia hope you're right because mod-chips for ps2 were legalised here for that very reason. Region locks were seen as unfair to the consumer.
Furthermore, it could be argued that it might have been for lack of that reason (lack of region locks), that the JB was recently banned for ps3s and re-introducing region locks might be a reason to lift the ban!
I'm just concerned because I have a Jap launch 60GB but live in the U.K, so if this becomes a standard which is enforced then I would only be able to play Jap games and not buy games from my local shops!
That's not really a factor... a Lot of people from EU keep complaining about Castle Crashers not coming over even though they could easily import a US psn card/trade someone. Also a lot of their games are not that different in price... Dead Rising 2 cost less than Dead Rising 2 in the US and they had a bluray deal with it at a store...