PlayStation 4 is region-free [Update]
posted on 06.11.13 at 02:04 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Play games from Japan, Europe—wherever!

PlayStation 4, like PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PSP before it, will not be region-locked.

Sony Computer Entertainment public relations confirmed the information to Brad Douglas, who works at Sony Japan.

“SCEI PR tells me ‘no region locking’,” he said on Twitter.

PlayStation 4 is due out this holiday for $399.

Update: In case further confirmation was needed, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida also confirmed the fact on Twitter.

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  • FitzpatrickPhillips


  • CirnoTheStrongest

    Too early to be excited. Wait for more grounded news

    • Elvick

      Shuhei Yoshida tweeted about it just a few minutes ago as well…

  • InsaneChronos

    Yes! Thanx, Sony <3

  • Eclipse

    Hell yes! This is what I was waiting to finally hear.

    Excellent work, Sony <3

  • bloodiOS

    It’s as though I’m listening to Mozart performing live right now. I’m just so happy…

    That said, I suspect that publishers would still be able to dictate region-locking for their own games… like Atlus did for Persona 4: Arena.

  • MrKappa

    That’s what I wanted to hear, put another mark in the win column for the PS4.

  • Tyler James Sherwood

    excellent <3

  • sunK1D

    Good news but seriously, MS’ launch lineup is arguably better than Sony’s unfortunately.

    • GhostNomad

      That’s a matter of opinion. The only game that Xbone has which I’m interested in is Dead Rising 3 because I love zombies (and Dead Rising). That said, the game itself isn’t looking too fantastic so far, it’s the only game I’m personally interested in, AND I completely dislike the Xbone, so from my point of view, Microsoft has absolutely nothing going for them.

      Of course, as I stated before, it’s all a matter of opinion.

    • $18114340


      I want to hear this argument. Go for it.

    • DrForbidden

      Yeah, what gold163 said. Go for it.

  • Zero

    Very nice! Thanks again, Sony!

  • Ritsujun

    All Hail Sony and PS4NextGen.


    Sony is change gaming history now ^_^
    all wee need now games price :)

    • Zero

      According to Gamestop. The price for PS4 games will be the same.

      • DrForbidden

        I expected as much, to be honest. It can’t really go up much more and still be acceptable to current consumers…

      • FFXIIKD

        this is awesome. thanks :)

        • Zero

          You’re welcome. =)

  • Santashi

    Hurrah! That picture does make me want to munch on a chocolate bourbon though.

  • Impressionnant

    Good news for Australians. It costs $550 to buy it locally here, but it’s only $415 (including postage) from Amazon. Thanks Sony.

  • Raiu

    Thank you Sony!!! My Japanese apetite is pleased to hear that….

  • kuusou yume

    Can Zero or Sal or whoever at E3 ask if they fixed the Master / Sub Accounts for next gen? I’ve been stuck in a sub account and it sucks!

    • Zero

      That sucks. You can’t just get the Master account to remove you from the subs? I’m not all too familiar with how this works.

      • kuusou yume

        I’d lose all my trophies. i also purchased stuff with the Sub Account and also have PS+ for it. it’s really weird. I think they will fix it though since lots of people have complained about it.

        like a lot of people were underage when they signed up but now are older and are stuck under a parent’s or older sibling’s master account.

        There isn’t much difference, but there are restrictions like facebook linking or other stuff. Nothing all that important, but there should be an option to change it.

        • Zero

          They should give you the option, absolutely. I really hope they do fix it soon. For your sake, and for others experiencing the same problem.

  • DrForbidden

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the final nail in the XBone’s coffin.

    RIP. It died before it had the chance to live…

    • bloodiOS


      • Bryce Blalex Douglas

        This made me Lol hard

    • LordKaiser

      Yup DOA

  • Master Chief123
  • $24431191

    Great news. I’ve started learning kanji recently so I intend on playing more Japanese games raw in the future.

  • SaveTheDay

    Praise the lord ! ^^ Awesome !

  • El_Gran_Catracho

    I’ll just leave this here

  • Elvick


  • PrinceHeir

    fucking finally!!!

    now we need to know about the account system and if we can create as many accounts as possible as well as different regions.

    godly stuff Sony!!!!!

    just a little more!

  • PrinceHeir

    if you want an even more confirmation.

    this is coming from yoshida himself :P

    so yes pretty much confirmed 100%!

  • MosquitoLemon

    Mmmmm, region free *drool*

  • GameNChick

    Sharing Is Caring With Playstation 4!

  • Demolish

    yeah sony u r amazing

  • Budgiecat

    It just keeps getting bettter and better….wtf XBox Done….

  • Bobby Jennings

    YES. YES

  • Raiyu

    And with this, my pre-order is confirmed. The goodness will only get better as Gamescom and TGS arrive in the next 3 months.

    As for Microsoft, I don’t mean to be a fanboy but…

    • DrForbidden

      It’s not fanboyism at this point, IMO. It’s a fact that, from a consumer and gamer standpoint, the PS4 is a better product and better investment than the Xbox One. In fact, I’d say that it’s the ones still trying to defend the XBone by grasping at straws that show their colours as fanboys.

  • Bob Obb

    Two days ago I was ready to give up on gaming, today I’m as excited for the next gen as I’ve ever been

  • bldudas

    Of course it is. Did you really think Sony would go back to region locking their consoles after having two region free handhelds and one region free console?

    • DrForbidden

      That’s not an indication of anything. Nintendo locked the 3DS even though its predecessors weren’t locked.

    • Niyari

      it doesn’t hurt to have some re-assurance tho

  • Alkaid

    Jesus… what a day it was. xD
    Sony did very well, even the new “enforced” PSN plus membership for multiplayer doesn’t sound bad anymore after Microsofts stuff. It is understandable in a was, since keeping the servers up and running costs a lot of cash.

    That price and no region lock are basically a seller in-itself.

    BUT I am still a bit … well cautious, since the Vita is also not region locked but account bound. wouldn’t want to format my HDD every time I wanna go to the PSN JP store ^ ^”’

  • Sieghardt

    I am gonna buy so many mecha games :D

  • Houeclipse

    this made me convinced to get ps4 now!!

  • new_tradition

    Excellent *purrs*

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Alright. That’s it, folks. Nothing more to see here.

    We have a winner declared by knock out! This is all I was waiting for to make my decision, so if you’ll excuse me, I have a PS4 to go pre-order~

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Definitely Xbox Done! xD

  • artemisthemp

    Sony have also indirectly confirm, that DLC from another region will work on your main account.