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Is the PS3 Region Free?

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I've been looking up on the web to see if the PS3 is region free and I can't get a definite answer.

 

Can someone clarify if it is region free and that I can import a US version of Sacred 2 and play it on my UK PS3?

 

Also does it matter what version of the console I have? I have the newer model has this changed the region free compatibility if it is true?

 

Wana know before I purchase the game.

 

Thanks

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The games are region free not the console, so the US copy of Sacred 2 will work on a PAL PS3 as will nearly every PS3 game from anywhere in the world, the only game that isnt region free is StrangleHold.
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Thanks for helping me out
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If you import a game you will have to get any dlc from the same region though as these cant be matched - us game + uk dlc wont work.
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All the PS3 games are region free. That means it dosent mater where you bought the console, or where you buy your games, they will all be combatible.

 

There are a few things to be aware of though.

 

First the games still exist in PAL, or NTSC versions. That means if your are using and older TV wich does not have HDMI, some games will not work correct, you may expirience weird colors, or black white screen or other odd things. If you use a new TV with HDMI there is nothing to worry about. since when using HDMI signals there is no suchs things as PAL, or NTSC.

 

Second. if you import a game from another region. You must also buy eventual DLC from the store wich your original game is linked with.

 

Third. Some games have region locked online play. wich means if you import a US game, you will only be able to play online with other people who have the US version.

 

Fourth. The bluray movies are still region locked. So you cant import US movies to watch on your EU PS3 unless the movie it self is region free.

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YO DUDE, YOU ARE SAVING MY LIFE!!, WELL, NOT QUITE, BUT YOUR COMMENT WAS VER USEFUL FOR THE QUESTIONS  I HAD. I BOUGHT SIREN BLOOD CURSE FROM AN AUSTRALIAN SELLER, AND I HAD THIS PROBLEM WITH MY TV. SO THE ONLY THING I HAVE TO DO IS  TO GET A HDMI AND A HDTV, RIGHT?. DOESN'T MATTER IF THE TV IS 720p, 1080i OR 1080p? OR ARE THERE GAMES ONLY PLAYABLE IN 1080p HDTV AND SOME OTHERS FOR A 720p HDTV?

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Hi guy's if i buy Cod 5 here in US and i want to send it to a friend of mine in Spain, can she play it without any problems??  Thanks in advance for your response..... :))
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Yes she'll be able to play it, though as its already been stated she'll need to buy any extra content off the US Store.
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oblivion and fear uk pal versions dont work on us/jap ps3's as i sent them to my friend in the us and they are region locked.

dont know of any other uk games that are the same.

 

 

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jonngizmo wrote:

oblivion and fear uk pal versions dont work on us/jap ps3's as i sent them to my friend in the us and they are region locked.

dont know of any other uk games that are the same.

 

 


 

I have the US version of Oblivion on my UK PS3 so Oblivion cant be region locked. Unless they implemented region locking just for the UK version
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I have the US version of Oblivion to, works perfectly.

 

Thers only one PS3 game thats region locked and thats Strangle Hold due to the collectors edition coming with Hard Boiled.

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and how does the dlc works? so i have to send her the dlc?? 
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alpha_girl76 a écrit:
and how does the dlc works? so i have to send her the dlc?? 

Nah, she would just have to make a US PSN account and buy the stuff off the US Store using a credit card... Theoreticly of course, because you're not allowed to talk about that on the boards openly

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lol .... THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! i'm learning... 
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Just in case you wanted further confirmation, I have an american import of Sonic the Hedgehog. It works without a hitch, don't know about dlc though.

 

Also, I'm not actually masochistic enough to buy Sonic the Hedgehog let alone pay more to import it. It was a gift.

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Its is region Free but sony made the console region free but any DLC you want you have to go to the store of that games  region stupid really.Microsoft games are mostly region locked. But the good thing is if you buy a game that is region free you can download the DLC from any region and it will work. I wish sony did this becuase if you buy a import game and want extra maps etc you cant because is region locked. Unless you buy from the games territory.
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Sony has managd to have it's cake and eat it too. They want to say that they're the first console manufacturer to go region free but they're still imposing restrictions on that.

Seems a bit deceptive to me.

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Sony should upload other regions DLC to the stores as well so people can download it no matter where they have imported from... help there customers not hinder... :)

 

eg. they could have DLC USA section and DLC JAPAN section on the EU store for example... 

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Or just not region code the dlc in the first place.
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what about blu-rays. does the region free PS3 slim work for them?
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USA ones. I mean
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