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Re: Will the PSN DLCs be region free on the PS4?

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FiveFourteen wrote:

Golwar wrote:

Probably won't happen. And it's nuts that they don't bother to change it. Technically and legally there is no reason to annoy their customers.


That statement is false.


Or you just aren't as smart as you thought and have a wrong idea about both.

 

It has already been said here that Xbox manages region free DLC. And Steam does the same.

 

So either you think that the Playstation is technically from another dimension that can handle different games from other regions but not DLC. Or that laws require just Sony DLCs to be generally incompatible to games from other regions?

 

The absolutely only exception where I had issues with Steam DLC was when the game itself had special national versions too. If a game is modified due german restrictions for example, it also requires a german DLC. But that's it. Every other DLC runs with any game. Only Sony **bleep** it up and causes a general and unnecessary mess.

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Re: Will the PSN DLCs be region free on the PS4?

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Jul 16, 2013

Golwar wrote:

FiveFourteen wrote:

Golwar wrote:

Probably won't happen. And it's nuts that they don't bother to change it. Technically and legally there is no reason to annoy their customers.


That statement is false.


Or you just aren't as smart as you thought and have a wrong idea about both.

 

It has already been said here that Xbox manages region free DLC. And Steam does the same.

 

So either you think that the Playstation is technically from another dimension that can handle different games from other regions but not DLC. Or that laws require just Sony DLCs to be generally incompatible to games from other regions?

 

The absolutely only exception where I had issues with Steam DLC was when the game itself had special national versions too. If a game is modified due german restrictions for example, it also requires a german DLC. But that's it. Every other DLC runs with any game. Only Sony **bleep** it up and causes a general and unnecessary mess.


Steam is actually regionalized for monetary reasons. I know that the popular "gamer" belief is that Sony is trying to keep you from playing your favorite games. However, you have to consider that tax laws, content laws, customs, VAT (Value Added Tax), licensing, copyright laws, and exchange rates vary IMMENSELY from country to country. In many countries, you are not even allowed to send money outside the borders, so there are restrictions on international transactions.

 

As for the Steaming Pile, many PC developers are small and simply don't have the money to regionalize releases for many different countries. SimBin's GTR2 for example, is regionalized for the US and the UK. That's it. There is no Japanese version, Chinese version, German version, Swedish version or Indonesian version. It's simply more cost effective for a smaller operation like SimBin to make one or two versions of the game, or even just one version.

 

So the reason they "annoy" their customers is to avoid the various legal troubles with the numerous international governing bodies that oversee these affairs.

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