While some people enjoy ordering non-released import games for their game systems, they usually encounter region-locking. Some current-gen systems still have region-locking, including the Wii U and the Xbox 360. Thankfully, Microsoft is loosening up a bit with this next-generation of consoles.
The company announced that the Xbox One, its latest video game console, will in fact be region free, so those who wish to order the system outside of their market will find that it should work without limitations – unless they’re ordering online games and movies, that is.
“First – all games are WW signed. Not all 360 games are. Second – the console will work everywhere (keeping in mind power supplies),” said Microsoft’s Albert Penello, who handles Xbox One planning.
“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 suggested pre-paid cards could help avoid any problems. He also warned that certain licensed content, including music or video, and Netflix, would only work in certain countries.
Source: GamesIndustry International