Regional lockout is the programming practice, code, chip, or physical barrier used to prevent the playing of media designed for a device from the country where it is marketed on the version of the same device marketed in another country.

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How can I play Dying Light in Germany?

The game is not available for sale here, and CD keys apparently will not activate on steam from this region. Could I activate a key on the steam website using Hola Unblocker, or would the gam refuse ...
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Xbox account region change - what about NTSC/PAL?

So it appears that it is possible to change the region of your Xbox Live account. That's great news since I've moved to another country and had difficulties buying games on marketplace since my credit ...
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Are the Steam region locks backwards compatible? Are there any workarounds?

Just recently, there has been an update to Steam's region locking, which affects gifting where games that are region locked can be activated on accounts outside the countries it is locked to, but ...
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Purchasing a Steam Game in Europe (though I am a US citizen)

Ok, I'm hoping this question doesn't get closed with regards to small locale as I'm trying to cover all of Europe with this one :) I am a US citizen currently working on an international assignment ...
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PlayStation 4 dlc different region

Hi I've encountered a problem. I bought my ps4 in NA. It came with free download from the PSN store. I brought it to Singapore with me. I signed up a Asia pan account. I can't download the games ...
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Are Playstation 4 games locked to a certain region?

This question has been asked before, but it was for PS3 and Xbox 360 and was asked August 2010. This time around my question goes specifically to PS4, since I'm moving from Mexico to Europe and I was ...
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Can I play PS3 games from another country?

I'm going to buy Assassins Creed 3 on amazon.com, but my friend told me if I buy it from there, I can't play because I have a PS3 from Iceland (where I live). It is true? Does the PS3 have region ...
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Is Mystery Dungeon: EoD region-locked?

I have an Italian 3DS and I've bought a second-hand English Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness. I should be able to play it, but I can't, and I don't know why. According to this question "Can I ...
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Is Kinect Star Wars Region Free?

I want to know if Kinect Star Wars PAL is playable on a NTSC-US Xbox 360. Thanks
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Can you play a Japanese N64 Game on a European console?

Back in Europe I have a N64 console. As I am currently living in Japan, I find myself tempted to buy some old N64 games in Japanese. However, the articles about the N64's region locking usually assume ...
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Can I play DS games from any region on the 3DS?

I have a North American 3DS, and I really, really want to get a copy of the DS game Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. However, the only way to get it in North America is to import a European ...
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Does a copy Dragon Age: Inquisition bought and activated elsewhere work in India?

Dragon Age: Inquisition is not sold in India, for conformance with 'local content laws'. Fallout 3 was in a similar situation, and getting a friend in the US to buy and gift it to me worked with ...
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Will my Xbox 360 from the UK work when I move to Australia?

I own (and love) an Xbox 360 and nearly 50 games which I play regularly and I have a Live gold membership. I will soon be emigrating to Australia and was wondering will I be able to take my 360 and ...
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I just bought an Xbox 360 game with wrong region. What should I do?

I just bought a game (Forza 4) for my Xbox 360 (bought in the US). When I tried to play the game, it wouldn't load because of region issue. Is there a legal way to solve this (no crack)?
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Will games from the UK work on consoles from Portugal?

I am planning on going out to Portugal soon and I am wondering if I should bring out some Xbox 360 games for a friend that stays there, as the games cost a lot more there than they do here. So, ...
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Can I use a US PSN account with Reg ALL physical copies?

When I visit the store to buy Freedom Wars PS Vita, there are only Reg ALL/Asia for physical copies. As far I know the downloadable content in region 3 (Asia) copies only works with a Play Station ...
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Is Mass Effect 2 region locked? [duplicate]

I found a Mass Effect 2 game in one of the stores in the Philippines, but they said that my Xbox must be a US Version, and that it won't work as my Xbox is a Japanese Version. I later found out on the ...
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Why do you need a SS for some Korean games?

For some Korean games, you need a Korean Social Security number to play. I don't understand, why is it a requirement? What's the justification?
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What will happen to my 3DS when I move to a different region?

Recently I bought a 3DS in America, but soon I'm moving to Australia. I've heard that the device is region locked, so I know that if I buy any games in Australia, they won't work on my 3DS. I want ...
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How do regions work for XBLA?

So I have a Japanese Xbox 360 and, after changing the console's language to English, it's deceptively identical to an American one. But the 360's region locked for disks, and I'm not really sure how ...
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Is DLC for region free games region free too?

I know that DLC is region locked for PlayStation4 games. If a get a region free game (the one that has free on the globe on the back of the box) will I be able to run the DLC for my game that was ...
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Can I play UK games on a French Xbox 360 or vice versa?

I have just bought an French Xbox 360 from a French friend with 30 French games. Can I use this console back in the UK on Xbox Live? Can I use the games on an English console? What will my limitations ...
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Any conflicts with DLC from a Dutch PSN account when playing a UK PS3 version of South Park: Stick of Truth?

Unfortunately, here in the Netherlands we only have the censored version of South Park: The Stick of Truth for the PS3. Both the US and UK versions are uncensored. I am considering ordering the game ...
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Access online play on PS4 from a country with no local PSN and no foreign credit card

I can not play online on my ps4 because I need to put my billing info before using codes. The problem is I am from Qatar and I use the USA as my region for my main account. I tried making a Qatari ...
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Are DS games region locked?

I have a friend in South Africa who is thinking about buying a Nintendo DS. It's hard to find games in her city, though, so I was thinking I'd buy several in the USA and mail them to her. Would this ...
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How can I know if a game from an NTSC region can be run on a PAL console? [duplicate]

On a PAL xbox system - I can run some NTSC games. Is there a way to know which NTSC game will run on the PAL console just by its cover?
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is it possible to play a Japanese Xbox 360 game on a US Xbox 360 console? [duplicate]

If I were to buy a Japanese Xbox 360 game and have it shipped, would I be able to play it on an US console out of the box? If not, how would I go about doing so, if it's possible all?
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How to play Xbox 360 NTSC-J games in Europe?

I was 6-months in Japan and played Monster Hunter Frontier Online(who looks to be ip adress restricted game) with my hostfamilly' japanese ip adress and everything was perfect. Before coming back to ...
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Is there a way to remove the region lock on a 3DS and still connect to the nintendo store

I have an old DS Lite, and I want to get the Etrian Odyssey series, but the 4th one only came out on 3DS, so I'm going to get a 3DS. But since the 3DS is region locked I was thinking of getting all ...
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Can I purchase a PS4 in Italy and use it in Australia?

i would like to buy a ps4 for my boyfriend that lives in australia as xmas present, but in australia preorders are for ps4 to come in february. i live in italy and was thinking to buy it here so i ...
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Can Xbox One codes for Fifa 14 (Day One edition) be redeemed worldwide?

Mirosoft announced a while ago that games on the Xbox One would not be region locked. However, some DLC might be. As the system is not quite clear on what is possible and what not, I am doubting ...
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Playing disc-based games from other countries

If I buy a playstation 4 from America and bring it back with me to South Africa, will it be able to play games I buy on discs?
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Is it possible to have two accounts from different regions on a PS4?

I used to have two accounts on my PS3, one in the UK and another in the USA. I used each one of them to download Exclusive Content which was unavailable in each region. Sometimes I would buy games ...
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Do I have to mod my xbox 360 console to play region free games?

Do I have to mod my xbox 360 console to play region free games? I bought my Xbox 360 in Japan so I would like to know if i have to mod my console to play region free games as I live in south africa... ...
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Can I play UK (region 2) DVDs on a US (region 1) Xbox 360?

Okay, as my friend just shipped me her Misfits (UK only show) DVDs so I can catch up on them over my holiday week- I am wondering if I should look at investing in a region free DVD player on my next ...
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Online games region restrictions [closed]

Is it possible to buy games in Asia (from web or when on holiday) and then play them in Europe? I'm worried that they may be some region restrictions on them. It's mostly games from US or European ...
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Are there any region-based server limits in ArmA2?

I am planning to buy ArmA2 (since I keep hearing and reading great things about the game!), yet I'd first like to check whether it is possible for players of versions bought in different places (e.g. ...
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Is Red Dead Redemption multiplayer region locked?

I have an american PS3. I bought the UK version of Red Dead Redemption. I am currently living in Italy I tried to play a multiplayer match with a friend with an american PS3 and american RDD. He is ...
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Can you import Mass Effect 2 PS3 save into Mass Effect 3 if the games are from different regions?

Most PS3 game save I tried aren't compatible with different regional versions of the same game, but does Mass Effect 3 allow you to import a Mass Effect 2 save from a different region? For example, if ...
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Do US PS1 Games downloaded from Playstation Network work on a PAL PS3 Console

i've been reading up on Shin Megami Tensei Persona 2 Innocent Sin and released that unlike the Snow Queen Quest in the previous game, Shin Megami Tensei Person 2 Eternal Punishment carries on after ...
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Is there a way to bypass the Steam region lock?

I want to check out a game but when I view it from Steam, it says: "This item is currently unavailable in your region" Is there a way to go around this limitation? Not simply by using a proxy to ...
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How to play a region locked xbox 360 game and use my region's account on it?

So I realized that their have been a lot of xbox 360 games made in Europe & Japan that haven't made it to the US. I found out though that setting up a PAL or NTSC-J xbox 360 to play these games ...
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Are SNES PAL games before 1993 region locked?

Are SNES games before 1993 region locked? I have lots of SNES games from 1993 and 1992 which I really wanna play on something like a SupaBoy, which is an NTSC system.
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Are Battlefield 3 Premium keys region restricted?

I'm considering buying boxed CD key for Battlefield 3 Premium, as it has significantly better price than one in Origin Store. Are these keys region restricted in any way?
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How to make sure a steam key I redeem yields me the uncensored, not the German edition?

I want to buy the games offered in the current Humble Weekly Sale. What do I have to do in order to get the uncensored version? In particular, is the country of purchase defined by where the IP I ...
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Is the Nintendo 3DS region-locked?

I am thinking of buying a 3DS when the price drop comes into place in America, however I live in Australia. Will Australian 3DS games work on a North American 3DS?
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Regional differences in Borderlands 2

General question: Are there any differences in Borderlands 2, based on the game's region code? Specific case: I received a game coded for Region 3, but I live in the U.S.. Are there any ...
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How do you tell the region of a 3DS game from its case?

How do you tell the region (America, Europe, Japan) of a Nintendo 3DS game from its case? A Wii game usually has "PAL" on front side if it's an European release, but how does a 3DS game indicate its ...
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Is the PAL version of Halo 4 playable on an NTSC Xbox 360?

I have an NTSC Xbox 360. Can I play a PAL Halo 4 on it?