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Just a little over six years ago Microsoft Corp. welcome lack of regional locks on HD DVD content, meaning that one disc could be played back by players around the world. However, with the new Xbox One game console the software giant implements regional locks in order to restrict sales of content on different markets. Officially, Microsoft wants to comply with local regulations. 

“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale. We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One,” said a Microsoft official in a conversation with Digital Trends web-site.

Keeping in mind that in different parts of the world different kind of content is allowed, regional locks make some sense. However, a compliance with any regulation could be achieved by simply not selling certain game discs on certain territories, not by creating special versions of games and/or hardware for a particular jurisdiction.

What is more important for Microsoft is that in different countries hardware and software prices are different and it is possible for people to get content from abroad without paying overprice or taxes.

Microsoft Xbox One video game system will be released later this year. Pricing of the console will differ from region to region.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox, Business

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keep it up microsoft...keep it up. Just be prepared for another huge windows phone 8 like success.
PS4 already won the race-
1.Ps4 has backward compatibility with ps3 games, Xbox One is not compatible with x360 games.
2.No regional lock on PS4, Xbox One has regional lock to sell overpriced content and to cheat people.
3.No used game lock(just share with friends),in Xbox One it’s a tricky thing.
4.Many multimedia capabilities
5.PS4 does not require “ALWAYS ON internet “, one developer website revealed that Microsoft is hiding one thing that Xbox One will require internet at least in a day(likely) or in a week(not likely) and Microsoft will reveal that after selling and making people fool.
6.PS4 will give better visuals and Frame rates, this is quite simple as PS4 is much powerful than Xbox One and easy to code (not like ps3 –so difficult to code).
so friends please tell how many of u think PS4 OR XboxOne?
12 1 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 05/27/13 08:15:44 PM]
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It's Sony PS4 for the purists.
4 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/28/13 02:01:27 AM]
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It seems that MS is doing a lot of missteps in recent years - on purpose. Is the management of the company trying to bankrupt it or sell it at lower price?
4 1 [Posted by: ano69  | Date: 05/27/13 10:13:29 PM]
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No. There are no conspiracies here. It's just barmy Ballmer.
4 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/28/13 02:00:03 AM]
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no friend i think they just can't understand what we actually need
7 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 05/28/13 04:12:34 AM]
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Region locked so they can rip of other markets like Australia. Xbox One looks dead in the water given this and likely high retail price (?600 Euros). Sony PS4 looked better in the beginning and is looking better every day.
4 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/28/13 01:57:42 AM]
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would it be hard locked (in the hardware) or soft locked then it can be hacked and then everybody is happy.
2 0 [Posted by: massau  | Date: 05/28/13 04:11:26 AM]
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no information dear since we don't have Xbox one in our hands.
5 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 05/28/13 04:18:23 AM]
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the best thing microsoft should do is just increase Xbox one memory to 10 gb, yes u think it's weird actually it is the secret, memory is the biggest secret of consoles- more memory=better console
and plz don’t try to lock customer
6 1 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 05/28/13 04:15:14 AM]
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Amazingly stupid... Didn´t they learn anything from seeing how region locks were received with other games, like Starcraft 2?
3 0 [Posted by: DIREWOLF75  | Date: 05/28/13 04:49:11 AM]
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This is getting better and better for M$...
If you thing that sales of Wii U were disastrous, be prepared for a new negative record.
4 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/28/13 05:00:53 AM]
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You know, usually you see people on forums properly defending their console of choice, I still haven't found a single guy who said Xbox 1 over PS4. That's gotta be a sign microsoft, there's almost no one who supports you. There were people who defended the xbox 360 against the PS3, I don't see that happening now with the PS4 vs X1
3 0 [Posted by: dinosore  | Date: 05/28/13 08:04:50 AM]
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Boss to employee, You are going to head up our sales office down under! Employee, great, but does the move come with a new Xbox One for my kids, the old one will have to be left behind, You Know, all that reagon lock stuff! Boss, Damn M$, first it is retraining money and lost productivity with windows 8, and now this! Boss and Employee(at the same time), let's switch to Linux!
1 1 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 05/28/13 11:41:49 AM]
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