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06 August 2006
PlayStation 3 importing...for PlayStation 1 & 2?
My understanding is that Sony will make the PlayStation 3 region-free, meaning that normal folks like me can import games from Japan or Europe and play them without modifying the console. Good for Sony and good for us. Naturally, I want more.

Since it will also play PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, will the region-free treatment extend to those games? Seems like a natural thing to do, but I haven't seen it addressed anywhere. I know I can't read everything that's been written about this, but Wikipedia didn't offer a good answer, and those guys have way more free time than I have. The article they reference is this one by IGN which says, ambiguously, "the PS3 will be region-free for gaming". They later expound upon that, saying that PlayStation 3 games will be region free, but this doesn't address my question directly.

Anyone know if I'll be able to play Japanese and European PS1 and PS2 games with a PS3?

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--Matt Matthews at 01:20
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I very much doubt it, as one use for region codes is to enforce publishing agreements and other licenses.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 06 August, 2006 11:37  

Anon: Could you elaborate on that? Might not those contracts be renegotiable for have enough flexibility in them to allow Sony to change the rules. After all, they're on Sony's platform only with the permission of Sony...

By Blogger jvm, at 06 August, 2006 16:09  

The contracts aren't necessarily with Sony. If a publisher has bought the license to publish a certain game in Europe from the developer, they're not going to be terribly pleased if Sony on their own suddenly decide it's now OK to sell the US version in Europe too. Likewise game content (eg. movie licenses, soundtracks) is sometimes licensed for a particular area only.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 06 August, 2006 16:35  

I'm assuming that means region free for games but region encoded for DVDs.

By Blogger SDS, at 07 August, 2006 16:05  

SDS: I assume DVD and Blu-Ray playback will obey region encoding. (Interestingly, looks like Japan is included with North America for Blu-Ray. That should shut the otaku up, I guess.)

My interest, naturally, is with the games. There are always the grey-market DVD players for getting around region encoding.

By Blogger jvm, at 07 August, 2006 16:48  

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