Shocker: Xbox One will be region-locked


Not that we expected otherwise

If it can be said that last week's Xbox One reveal didn't exactly meet many gaming enthusiasts' expectations, it seems that recent news has taken the opposite tack, in that our newly lowered - and in some cases negative - expectations are being met.

For example, after the reveal, most everyone was expecting Microsoft not turn over a new leaf when it came to that curse of import gaming: the region-lock. Lo and behold, Microsoft has met those expectations

"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."

There are, of course, numerous reasons why the region-locking bugbear still exists, but a detailed discussion of such is neither here nor there. Suffice it to say that folks hoping to play Xbox One games from outside their regions will have to spring for extra hardware. Here's to hoping that Sony will continue the trend they started with the PS3, PSP and Vita (sort-of) in the PS4.

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