Microsoft has made the decision to go ahead and make all Xbox One games region free. I guess it’s not going to wreck various countries’ economies as feared.
“When the console launches this November, we will support Xbox One in 13 markets. Xbox One may be used in all countries, including the non-launched markets,” Microsoft said in an issued statement. “In addition, Xbox One games are not region locked. Any Xbox One game purchased at retail can be used in any country on Xbox One.”
Albert Penello, MS’s Director of Marketing, told NeoGAF that the delay of the release of the Xbox One in certain countries we heard about last week was all about language and localization, not a lack of consoles. “Launch volumes are not really an issue. This was simply a software issue in terms of getting local language and voice support in the dash. It’s pretty straightforward, but disappointing I know for people who are missing launch,” he said.
“Obviously, I support people waiting for the official supported launch in the affected markets for the best experience,” Penello added before mentioning that all Xbone games will be “worldwide signed” and that the console will “work everywhere (keeping in mind power supplies).”
“You can use one of the 13 digital marketplaces corresponding to our launch markets, assuming you have a valid payment instrument for those countries. Lots of people in Europe, specifically, travel, move, and visit family,” Penello continued. He also mentioned that there is a workaround using “Pre-Paid cards.”
Video and music content such as Netflix, etc. will apparently still be “geo-restricted,” but this sounds like a good workaround if you live in a late launch region and absolutely don’t want to wait for your Xbone.