Sony PlayStation 4 to Be Region Free, Used Games Will Not Be Restricted– Company

Sony Will Not Implement Region Locks into PS4, Will Leave DRM Decisions to Third Parties

by Anton Shilov
06/11/2013 | 10:39 PM

During the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Sony Computer Entertainment said that the company will not restrict usage of used games on PlayStation 4, however, third-party developers will be able to limit online gaming in case of used titles. Yet another good news is that Sony PlayStation 4 will not be regionally locked.


“When a gamer buys a PS4 disc, they can trade in, sell it to a friend, or lend it, keep it forever. PlayStation 4 disc games do not need to be connected online to be played, or any type of authentication. PS4 will not require you to check in. It will not stop working if you have not authenticated within 24 hours," said Jack Tretton, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, at the E3 press conference, reports CVG web-site.

To summarize, any PS4 game media can be rented, resold, given to friends/family members or transferred to other people without any restrictions. Second owners of PS4 games developed by Sony-owned studios will be able to play online without any restrictions. However, third-party studios will be able to lock online components for pre-owned games, should the published make such decision. In addition, third parties may or may not restrict lending of digitally downloaded games.

“DRM decision is going to have to be in the hands of the third parties, that's not something we're going to dictate or control or mandate or implement,” said Mr. Tretton.

Separately, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, announced on Twitter that Sony PlayStation 4 will be region free, which means that games released only in the U.S. can be imported to Europe or Japan and used to play titles not available on those markets. What is unclear is whether PS4 will also abandon region locks for Blu-ray movies.

By contrast, Microsoft Xbox One, the arch-rival of Sony PS4, will not only have region locks, but will also impose numerous restrictions on used games.