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October 20, 2010 // 10:27 pm - According to French site (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!"

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

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

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

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#30 - tilla - October 21, 2010 // 6:51 pm
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People are not reading the insiteful posts: Region locking has ALWAYS been a feature of the PS3, just not one developers choose to activate. This literally does not change anything, unless some short sighted studio decides they want to use it for some inane reason.

#29 - DJTommy812 - October 21, 2010 // 3:34 pm
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this rumor won't be true because that will be bad for business.

#28 - Whateverwhateve - October 21, 2010 // 1:55 pm
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Is Sony TRYING to piss their entire customer base off or something? Seriously, with all the lawsuits and modchips and that OtherOS lawsuit still pending they actually feel they need to give us MORE reasons and justifications to hack the system? Are they out of their damn minds?

#27 - BwE - October 21, 2010 // 1:24 pm
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i don't see the drama, xregistry holds the region settings.

#26 - Jes03 - October 21, 2010 // 1:14 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by elser1 View Post
give up sony.. perhaps if your games werent so dam expensive.. $100 and even more in some cases in australia.. if they were say $20 each for new releases im sure you would sell a lot more copies, have gamers respect and make the same if not more profit...

EXACTLY! I've been saying this for years and nobody has listened. They are just a bunch of greedy b'tards.

I find it really funny when I get a pirated iPhone App and it has a soppy anti-piracy popup "we are a small dev company that need to feed our family so dont pirate this app". WTF? The same app on the android market is free... When I see that popup its more of an incentive to find a working pirated copy, not buy it.

What I'm trying to say is the less anti-piracy and cheaper price make games/apps more appealing.

Want to stop piracy? Drop the price, and make it actually worth buying.

If $ony want to stop piracy then drop the prices of games. $100+ is way too high. $20 and I would be buying a game every week. (oh, wait I do buy games every week. They are called 2nd hand games and they are $20)

#25 - iavais - October 21, 2010 // 12:38 pm
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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.

#24 - Stonergig - October 21, 2010 // 12:33 pm
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i wish i had time to unlock the ps3.. hopefully one day someone will before its too late.

#23 - cerebra1 - October 21, 2010 // 12:21 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by B4rtj4h View Post
GT5 will be REGION locked. Watch my words!

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!

#22 - saviour07 - October 21, 2010 // 11:58 am
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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!

#21 - victorinox - October 21, 2010 // 11:15 am
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Quote Originally Posted by weii View Post
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.

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...