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Xbox One to not work properly in unsupported countries?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 14 Jun 2013 20:27 User comments (10)

Xbox One to not work properly in unsupported countries? Microsoft, in an ongoing effort to alienate fans, has left confusing messages as to whether the upcoming Xbox One console will function properly outside of the "supported" countries it is being released in.
For example, Microsoft says the Xbox One "requires account on Xbox Live in an Xbox One-supported Xbox Live country" and "Xbox One games are for activation and distribution only in specified geographic regions."

Xbox support has also responded on Twitter to questions about playing imported games, or taking your console on the road, and the answers are not promising (see below). Microsoft has only confirmed 21 countries for the console this year, with more expected next year at unknown times. A few major gaming hubs, like Japan, are not on that list.

The Verge asked Microsoft directly if the console is IP-locked:

At this time, we have announced Xbox One will be available in 21 markets in November this year and additional markets later in 2014. Similar to the movie and music industry, games and other content must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale - which means that games will work in the broad geographic regions for which they have been cleared, much as today with Xbox 360. While the console itself is not geographically restricted, a user's Xbox Live account, content, apps and experiences are all tied to the country of billing and residence.


Does that mean one must sign up for an Xbox Live account in a region where the console is supported otherwise they will have a useless console? It appears that way, but Microsoft remains confusing on the subject.

Sony has already announced the PS4 will not have region restrictions.


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10 user comments

115.6.2013 0:12

Okay...this had got to be some sort of April's fools joke, right? Surely they are not that stupid. I guess soldiers and sailors get the big f*** you along with the rest of us.

I have had multiple deployments to the middle east, and there is always a couple x-boxes and PS3s that make the trip with us. I guess those days are in the past as far as Microsoft is concerned.

215.6.2013 0:40

Seriously WTF is wrong with MS?? Sony completely owned them at the E3 conferences and with all the backlash are still deciding to dig their grave deeper. It's really quite disturbing how they are completely ignoring the people that are going to make or break them. We'll see how this all plays out, preorders did sell out at retailers in 4 hours......

(I'm an Xbox person by the way and hated Sony until their conference)

315.6.2013 1:24

Regardless how people feel about it, I think that Microsoft is basically just trying to force people into a new era of extremely restrictive gaming. Maybe being blunt like this is the best way to do it. I'm sure Sony looked into it with some seriousness too but after seeing such a negative reaction, perhaps they weren't willing to bet on it afterwards.

Looks like the only way to turn things around here is with your wallet. Hopefully your average consumer is paying attention to all of this.

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415.6.2013 1:36




I'll stick my foot up your ass.

515.6.2013 3:15

Originally posted by Morreale:
Regardless how people feel about it, I think that Microsoft is basically just trying to force people into a new era of extremely restrictive gaming. Maybe being blunt like this is the best way to do it. I'm sure Sony looked into it with some seriousness too but after seeing such a negative reaction, perhaps they weren't willing to bet on it afterwards.

Looks like the only way to turn things around here is with your wallet. Hopefully your average consumer is paying attention to all of this.
That's the thing, the average consumer doesn't pay attention to this stuff and if they do I really don't think they know the long term effects this is going to have or what it entails entirely

615.6.2013 5:04

Originally posted by Morreale:
Regardless how people feel about it, I think that Microsoft is basically just trying to force people into a new era of extremely restrictive gaming. Maybe being blunt like this is the best way to do it. I'm sure Sony looked into it with some seriousness too but after seeing such a negative reaction, perhaps they weren't willing to bet on it afterwards.

Looks like the only way to turn things around here is with your wallet. Hopefully your average consumer is paying attention to all of this.
That would be a NO! Ghost rider. If the gamers aren't going to buy into it. I don't know why the average consumer will. I got my mom a Roku 3 for her B-day recently and she loves it. Simple to control and easy to setup vs a gaming system. And that's just it. If you are a average consumer who isn't into gaming. 500 bucks is expensive for an internet player. The reason the Wii appealed to non-gamers. Because it was very easy on the eyes and very simple to use and cheap. MS is way off the mark for gamers and the average consumer.

715.6.2013 12:04

Well, M$ has a lot of time and effort invested in the 2 main paradigms here: region-locking and wresting continuing revenue streams out of a given piece of software after the "sale". Region-locking is merely silly DRM, and M$ has always been all about silly DRM. And as for continuing revenue streams, M$ has always been a pioneer in "rental" software (witness the latest version of Office), cloud computing, and microtransactions, all of which are merely code for "wringing more money than we are entitled to out of a given transaction, for an indefinite period of time" ^^' .

So, even though they know damn well the problems they're causing for the Xbone, they simply are "all in" on those concepts. It'll cost both money and executive embarrassment to backtrack now; the only way they're going to back off is if they're forced to.

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816.6.2013 13:08

It's like they all had a meeting and the topic was How to make the worst console in history. I suspect they had EA as a guest speaker on the subject of DRM and how to milk customers for the most money.


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1020.6.2013 10:58

Heh. They were finally forced to back off. It's not very surprising, Sony was busy eating their lunch after E3.

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