Video: PlayStation Vita Interview with Shuhei Yoshida at TGS 2011
Recently Sony's Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that PlayStation Vita will be region-free, and over the weekend GameSpot (linked above) did an interview with him discussing PS Vita's US / EU launch slated for early next year.
Previously, we reported that PS Vita is scheduled to hit Japan on December 17, 2011.
To quote: "Currently, with the PlayStation 3 and PSP, physical media is released region-free, allowing games published in one country to be played without hassle in another.
However, Sony's digital strategy restricts content to the region in which it is released, with access being determined by the region of a user's PlayStation Network profile.
As announced earlier this week, the PS Vita will launch alongside 26 games in Japan on December 17. Sony expects to release its newest gaming hardware in Europe and North America sometime in early 2012."
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I hope Nintendo and Microsoft follow Sony's lead and make their consoles completely region free.
Not sure what MS is planning, but apparently Nintendo region-locked their 3DS handheld similar to the DSi and DSi LL (XL in America).
I don't really follow non-Sony hacking news, but recently saw this Crown3DS video which is supposedly the first real flashcard playing a 3DS game via crown3ds.com:
If only the NES was region free, I could have played all those awesome Japanese game.
I got an R4 on my DS so it's basically region free , most consoles that are hacked can play region free games too. But like I said, it's annoying seeing a good game only released in Japan.