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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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#20 - oVERSoLDiER - October 21, 2010 // 10:37 am
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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 - October 21, 2010 // 10:09 am
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GT5 will be REGION locked. Watch my words!

#18 - solrac1974 - October 21, 2010 // 9:14 am
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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 - October 21, 2010 // 8:37 am
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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 - October 21, 2010 // 8:13 am
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c'mon guys... when/if a game with region restriction gets released then you can rant around... jeez

calm down...

#15 - Mantagtj - October 21, 2010 // 8:06 am
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The only people that do suffer is the europeans cus games are released in the US on Tuesdays usually and Friday in the UK, so that means I will have to wait longer if they do proceed to do this, but, as a fellow PS3'er said "IT WILL MAKE US MORE DETERMINED TO FIND LEVEL ONE $$ONY SO BEWARE!!"

#14 - heartagram62 - October 21, 2010 // 8:00 am
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Well if this is implemented by SONY officially, I give up with them! I have had SONY's back through all the Jailbreak stuff but this would be the final straw for me as I like to play imported games from time to time. Go on SONY! Push more peole towards the Jailbreak!!!

#13 - tilla - October 21, 2010 // 7:47 am
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Yah, calling shenanigans on this, Sony has said from day one region lock is available for studios, just nobody has chosen to. This changes nothing.

#12 - elser1 - October 21, 2010 // 7:35 am
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what a bunch of fools sony are.. oh well i guess if you were so inclined to "pirate backup games" as i'm sure a few out there,surely not many, are i guess you could take a trip to the local video store and rent your region copy of the game and back it up instead of downloading.. if that's how they do it.. LOL

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...
mr sony, if i saw you crossing the street, i would not apply my brakes.. you greedy people.

#11 - YadoMan - October 21, 2010 // 7:32 am
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Mathieulh is wrong, this is not new. Just like with PSP, PS3 publishers have always had the ability to region lock their games; they never did. This is not a new feature, it has existed since the first ps3 firmware. There is nothing to suggest that they are about to start using it now; they would only give additional justification and incentive to hackers.

Excerpt from from the SCEE PS3 FAQ: "PLAYSTATION 3 software is not restricted by region. The majority of games purchased in another country will work on any PLAYSTATION 3 system. However, the decision to make games region specific is made by the publisher of each title and as a result, some games may not work on a PLAYSTATION 3 system purchased in a different country."