Region locking & free

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by dlf, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. dlf

    dlf GBAtemp Fan

    Mar 1, 2009
    United States
    I know the Wii is region locked, and the PS3 is region-free with PS3 games, but could a complete list (separated by system and what that system does) be posted that's is region (free|locked)?
    DS|Wii|PSP|PS3|XBOX 360
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    DS- no region locking aside from some roms having languages in the code/rom and having to have them hacked to work. European versions of games have been known to be the superior version especially if English is not the language you will be playing in.
    You might also be troubled by iQueDS games and I am told (not that it matters at this point in time) but the stores are region locked.

    Wii region locked unless you hack it.

    PS3- region free for games, videos less so.

    PSP- unsure. Most people hack them anyhow.

    X360- varies by game (it is somewhat unpredictable- certain publishers and game franchises are noted for being locked but surprises are . has something of a list (although incomplete in places). You can always tell from an ISO though. DVDs region locked.

    If you have a JTAG machine it is region free if you want it to be. If you have the CPU key (few people do/can get it from/for an updated machine) you can change region (couple this with a dual nand setup and it can be multiple regions and effectively region free).
    Those with hacked DVD drives or stock 360s are bound by region- interestingly the US is not necessarily the superior region for once in life. Quite a few European developed games are region locked and this includes some nice RPGs and sports games (or the superior versions thereof). Japan also has a few region locked shmups and other niche games (the 360 is not that big in Japan so it is not the same as the say the DS or ps3 if that was region locked). Where US stuff is region locked it rarely takes more than a week for it to appear for European (and Australian) consoles- those weeks can encompass some big games though so .

    Long story short it is good to have hacked consoles.
  3. Goli

    Goli RPG

    Jul 16, 2008
    Cote d'Ivoire
    Retail DSi enhanced/exclusive games are region locked.
    And PSP games are not region locked.
  4. dlf

    dlf GBAtemp Fan

    Mar 1, 2009
    United States
    So the blu-ray & DVD are or not locked (I think they are)?
  5. Hop2089

    Hop2089 Cute>Hot

    Jan 31, 2008
    United States
    Blu-Ray is region locked (depends on movies and such, most movies are region encoded save for a lot of stuff from Pixar and Disney which isn't), it's just some NA folks say region free because they can play Japanese Blu-Rays on their American players and PS3s, DVDs have always been region locked.
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