Speaking to Digital Trends, a representative of Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will be region-locked, surprising exactly nobody:
“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale,” A rep from Microsoft confirmed to Digital Trends. “We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.”
The fact that this not-news is news is what’s interesting about this comment. Did anybody really think that after announcing its plans to control the used game market, in addition to mandatory Internet connections and Kinect sensor functionality, that Microsoft would let you play a new Japanese game without buying a Japanese system?
For most North American users, this won’t be a huge issue, as if history is any indication, there won’t be many foreign-developed games worth importing for the next Xbox. The article does point out that not region-locking a system may allow South American gamers to get their content easier, but due to legal issues, it’s probably better if something like this stays region-locked.