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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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#10 - robg1983 - 218w ago
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What are these dumbasses doing? Really?...wow!! GO HACKERS, we're with you all the way!!

#9 - mcx997 - 218w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
Indeed heh, slowly Sony is giving hackers more reasons each day to continue focused efforts at further unlocking their console.

definitely and very well (that it is hacked)

#8 - clouduzz - 218w ago
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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.

lol same thing i was thinking..

#7 - Bishoff - 218w ago
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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.

#6 - xxxgizmoxxx - 218w ago
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What are Sony doing??? Rather than trying to at least win some respect from the gaming community they seem to be going out of their way to piss as many of us off as possible! If they started acting with more integrity I'm sure people would be less intent on finding ways to break them down!


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