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munkah



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:35 pm Reply with quote
"Sony's previous portable gaming unit, the PSP, was region-locked" No it wasn't, dunno where you got that idea.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:38 pm Reply with quote
The UMD movie discs were, but not UMD games. I guess if you have a Go it *kinda* is as it can only be associated with one PSN account.
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Karisu



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:38 pm Reply with quote
Also, this was confirmed back in June that the Vita would be region free. A simple Google search could have verified that...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:47 pm Reply with quote
sony ftw Cool
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Egan Loo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:50 pm Reply with quote
Karisu wrote:
Also, this was confirmed back in June that the Vita would be region free. A simple Google search could have verified that...


Worldwide Studios Vice-President Michael Denny said in June that it would be "as far as he knew." However, Yoshida is the first to simply say, "Yes, it is."
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Egan Loo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:02 pm Reply with quote
munkah wrote:
"Sony's previous portable gaming unit, the PSP, was region-locked" No it wasn't, dunno where you got that idea.


The PSP did have region-coding, even though only one UMD game (as opposed to movies) used it to lock out regions.
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BleuVII



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:50 pm Reply with quote
Also, for the DSi and 3DS, region locking is completely optional. My Japanese Pokemon White is region locked, but my US Pokemon Black is not.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:52 pm Reply with quote
Glad to hear this is the case when I continue to buy Japanese PSV games for their limited edition figma offerings. Very Happy

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whoisfriend



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:26 am Reply with quote
Awesome to have this confirmed. Having access to Japanese games is a big plus. There's a lot of great stuff that never gets out here. And with the PSV getting more traction over in Japan (from what I can tell mind you), that means a lot of games that may never see the light of day here.
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Beltane70



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:30 am Reply with quote
This seals the deal. I definitely plan on getting a Vita.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:02 am Reply with quote
Hah! Take that, Nintendo! Cool
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tasogarenootome



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:26 am Reply with quote
This is great news and definitely increases my chances of getting a Vita sooner than later! Thanks, Sony.
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Dumnerd



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:33 am Reply with quote
That cinches it, Day One Guaranteed!
Sony Wins! Laughing
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mdo7



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:44 am Reply with quote
Looks like this is going to be a major win for Sony. Vita is going to have a lot of launch games for people to pick up. I'm excited to hear Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Bioshock for the Vita, and Resistance: Burning Sky. I'm really excited that other games like Disgaea 3, ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Tales of Innocence R is coming to the Vita. There's plenty of game out there that people can buy on Vita.
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darkslayer709



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:30 pm Reply with quote
Brilliant! That means I can import Persona 4 from America instead of having to wait 6+ months for it to get here in the UK Very Happy

The 3DS isn't region free though? I thought it was... best re-advise my friend on that Professor Layton game she's been eyeing up since for some stupid reason they won't release London Life here in the UK.
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