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


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218w 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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#20 - oVERSoLDiER - 218w ago
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So Sony should can do this region lock, cool, so I've to get my games which are tagged with EUR in it ... what an afford.

And for the game importers / exporters out there, should be a really problem, if nobody from GER and AT can play US / UK Versions of a game.

#19 - B4rtj4h - 218w ago
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=.=
GT5 will be REGION locked. Watch my words!

#18 - solrac1974 - 218w ago
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$ony can do whatever they want, hackers will always find a way to reverse the sh!t, games that require fw 3.42 didn't stop anything, let's see the games running on 3.50!

#17 - weii - 218w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Bishoff View Post
Why do this now? This doesn't stop booting of backups/copying. All we'll do is wait for a proper release for our region if we have to.


If they are really doing this, is probably to boost certain region's game sale, so that, say people in Europe, will be paying full price for their version of games rather than buying slightly cheaper US version and be able to play them on their console.

#16 - humi - 218w ago
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c'mon guys... when/if a game with region restriction gets released then you can rant around... jeez

calm down...

 

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