Questions tagged [region-lock]

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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Will I be able to play my Steam games when I move from Russia to Germany? If not, what can I do?

I will move to Germany this Tuesday and live there for one year. But I have bought all of my Steam games in Russia (where I currently live), and some of the copies are likely region-restricted. Will I ...
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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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I'm moving to the U.S. in a few months; what will happen to the games in my Indian Steam library?

Everything that's in my Steam library has been purchased from the Indian Steam Store. What will happen to them when I move? Will I still be able to play them or will they be locked?
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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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Is the Nintendo Switch region locked?

Many Nintendo devices often come with regional locking, which means if you purchase a device in one country, you won't be able to play games from another (generally). Is the Nintendo Switch also ...
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Why is StarCraft 2 divided by regions?

I live in Argentina, but I love to get all my stuff (be it games, tv series, movies, etc) in English. Battle.net will only let me select one region, which by default is Latin America, that has only ...
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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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Is the Game Boy Advance slot on the DS region-locked?

Would I be able to play an American Game Boy Advance game on my European DS via the GBA slot at the bottom of the device? I know the on the whole Nintendo don't region-lock their portables (at least ...
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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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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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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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Will I get banned by using region restricted games on Steam?

After receiving a game gift which was country restricted, I had to change my Steam store and activate that game by changing my IP. what are the chances of getting banned or anything similar for this ...
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Does the German PS3 support UK games?

Does the German PS3 support UK games?
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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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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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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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Can I play Pokémon Sun and Moon purchased in another country?

I want to play Pokémon Sun and Moon, which has been just released, but when I tried to download it, I found that my 3DS didn't have enough disk space, so I'm going to purchase a physical disk. ...
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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 I change my Nintendo Network ID?

Actually, I have a lot of questions. See, my previous home was in Mexico and my Nintendo Network ID has that country registered. Now I live in the USA and I want to use dollars to buy cards for the ...
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Are console games locked to a certain region?

I'm going on a vacation from Europe to the US and was planning of bringing along some Xbox360 or PS3 games, but now I'm curious if they will be compatible with my European Xbox. In that past there ...
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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?
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Best way to get a worldwide giftable copy of the game?

I am infrequently participating in Random Acts of Gaming, a subreddit for giving away games. I wanted to buy and give away a copy of the game I love. However, both the game publisher site and the ...
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Is there a difference between Nintendo 64 controllers used on PAL and NTSC systems?

Is it possible to use the controllers from an NTSC (Japanese / US) Nintendo 64 system on a PAL (EUR) system? Are they the same item or is there a difference?
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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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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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Is there a legal way to obtain games not available in certain Steam regions?

I'm currently living in Japan. These are the games that I want to buy but for some reason (publisher's discretion?) is not available: Valkyria Chronicles Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series Is there ...
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Are PS+ free games region-locked?

I have a PSN account that belongs to region X. It has a PS+ subscription. I have acquired many games throughout the years; some are PS+ free games, some are digital medias bought from PS Store. I'm ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to get US games from the PAL Eshop on Wii U?

So there are certain games which I want to play on Wii U VC. However, given that I live in a PAL region, many games on virtual console are the 50Hz counterparts. Is it possible to access other regions'...
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Are boxed PC retail copies of Skyrim region-locked?

I've heard that all PC copies of Skyrim require Steam activation and am wondering if this is forcing region locking. I want to buy a UK copy of Skyrim and be able to activate/play it in the USA. Can ...
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Playing UK-bought games on a Japanese GameCube

So I've just moved to Japan and couldn't bring my GameCube with me (though I did manage to bring my games). I just bought a GameCube today (Japanese), and was hoping there is some way to play UK games ...
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Does the original N64 Animal Forest game work with N64 Passport?

I am desperate to play the original Japanese N64 Animal Crossing/Animal Forest game. Before I go and spend money on a cartridge and passport, does anyone know the Passport works with the Japanese N64 ...
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Replacing region-locked games with global on Steam

A few months back I bought the "Polish-only" version of Black Ops 2 and replaced the Polish language files with the English manually. Because I'm tired of doing this, I wondered if I would be able to ...
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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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How to change installation region

I have two starcraft accounts on different regions - one on NA server and another on EU. Right now I have the NA client installed, which means I can only log into the NA battle.net. What is the best ...
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Are there any issues if I bought a Nintendo Wii from the US and use it in India?

Will there be any issues if I buy a Nintendo Wii from the US and use it in India? Issues like ports or game campatibility, etc.
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Do Nintendo Switch game card contain multiple languages?

According to the FAQ on Nintendo website, the Nintendo Switch console and its games are not region locked. However, will a game card bought in a region contain languages of other regions? For example,...
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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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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 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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Playing PSN bought games on separate PSN account

I am thinking of buying a couple PS3 PSN games from the US PSN with a US PSN account since they're having a sale. I download the games, and then switch accounts to my main (Australian) account, would ...
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Is it worth taking a UK Xbox to the US?

I may be moving to the US and I want to know if it is even reasonable to take my Xbox. I realise that there will need to be a power conversion, but that aside we have lots of kid's DVD's and Xbox ...
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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 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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I downloaded a game to my console. When I open it, it gave me this error: “This disc's region code is wrong for this console.” What should I do?

I bought Sonic Unleashed from Xbox Store and it gives me this error. I am a student so I can't buy a new console. As this game is digital, I don't know the region code.I live in Turkey and we use Pal ...
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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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Will an NTSC N64 Rumble Pak work in a PAL controller?

I know that the question is very similar to this question (N64 Transfer Pak) (I did not ask that one) but this is for the rumble pak
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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 ...