Xbox One Region-Locking May Keep You From Playing Your Console Dylan Duarte June 14, 2013 Poor Microsoft, the hits just keep on coming. They certainly didn’t win many people over with their E3 2013 press conference. Now, as if the Xbox One’s daily check-ins and used game fees weren’t enough, the issue of region-locking is beginning to surface. While the PlayStation 4 will be region-free, much like its predecessor, the Xbox One will only be launching in 21 specific regions and might not even work in unsupported areas of the world. A disclaimer on the Xbox website that mentioned an “Xbox One-supported Xbox Live country” lead folks on Twitter to message Xbox support in an effort to find out exactly what that means. Their answers were less than positive. One user asked about traveling outside of an Xbox One-supported region with his console and he was told that he could play once he returned home. The rep then said, “I travel with an Xbox 360 for road gaming.” Another user asked about importing games, and they were told to wait until the Xbox One becomes available in their region. Finally, someone asked directly if they could play from an unsupported country if they created an Xbox Live account based in another, supported country. The response they received was that they wouldn’t get the “full experience,” and, more to the point, it “may not work.” If you don’t live in one of the 21 supported launch regions (and Japan is not one of those regions), you may not be able to play Xbox One at all. The Verge attempted to get a straight answer from Microsoft, but as with the earlier used game debacle, the company’s responses are anything but straightforward. Share This With The World!