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Region Free For Digital Purchases Available For All Countries

I currently live in Peru, which is a country in South America, spanish language. I am an Xbox Lover and I'm pretty sure there are even more players (not only from Peru) who are not able to buy (digitally) or play some games like Halo or Call Of Duty because of the Region Lock...

Even worse, there is no Microsoft nor any official retailer for Xbox One in Peru and maybe many countries, as this is a PlayStation-populated country, but there are some dying-hard fans here like me, many friend of mine and in another countries that can't get these Microsoft consoles or accesories/games because they get OVERPRICED as hell, and when we don't have the physical option, we have to go for the digital option, which is still very, VERY annoying.

We can't buy any games or DLC, even though some of the region-locked players use US accounts. But still, the point being...

What I suggest is to disable region lock and make all games/DLC available for all countries, and if it's possible, add their respective currency, as well as some other and innovative payment options, just like Payvalida or pay via banks available in some countries to make purchases easier. It's so unfair that there are only 42 countries, which is a really, really small amount of countries. There are some spanish-speaking countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica or Panama that are missing. Also, some other non-spanish countries like Malasya, Slovenia, Croatia or Indonesia that are not here. I hope Major Nelson or Phil Spencer take this in consideration, because as a gamer for about 5 years, this should not be a problem for people that are really spoiled for such a gaming console like the Xbox One.

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  • Banebhz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Come on Microsoft. I want to pay for the games. In Brazil many games are unavailable.

  • SwordofWhedon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @pawncracker Most major studios operate essentially as seperate companies in different regions and often don’t know what the other hand is doing. For some reason Disney UK has no issues releasing 3D discs and often sells identical discs for half the price, in a country where income and cost of living is half again more. There are lots more examples, but any Xbox specific efforts are likely mostly concentrated on by the US division, who wouldn’t have even thought to share the wealth.

  • isturbo1984 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's nice the Xbox is region free with its discs... but the industry is more or less all digital now. Having digital games being region specific means back to the stone age again (pardon the hyperbole). One step forward, two steps back.

  • flipmodeXXIII commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I feel ya. Being from the UK but living in Australia, I have the same thing. Especially annoying with Goat Simulator. The game was free with GWG a while back, but the DLC is region locked to US.

  • pawncrackers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Essentially, it's down to IP clearance. If the game fails clearance in specific countries, or deals cannot be made, then the easiest way through, is to publish where you can.

    I had the same disappointment with the Doctor Strange Cloak of Levitation avatar item - why Marvel/Disney kept it as a US exclusive item and couldn't make a deal for Europe/Rest of the World is beyond me..


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  • Shumayal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I can actually fix the GwG problem. I live in UAE and it's the same problem. Even the kinect is redundant as I can't use the voice commands (Cortana). I was so excited and purchased the kinect but now I am disappointed that I wasted the money since voice commands don't work (my sole reason of getting it).

    About GwG, I solved the problem by buying the X360 games from marketplace using my xbox console whenever I can't from the computer. Even if it means calling home when I am away to a younger sibling and directing them through!!

  • TooskilledforU commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wouldn't like this, some regions have bans on certain video games, and I fear that if they had regionless games, then they would just ban the games for ALL regions.

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  • svprnova commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don't understand whats wrong with Microsoft using this non sense region restriction, like the old DVD regions. Thank God Sony don't use region restriction or only Japan would know what is a videogame.

  • Dadwhite commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This probably has to do with international laws that prevent this from happening

  • Uselessmedics commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can change region on your xbox in the system settings with no ill effects, and this will allow you to purchase region-locked games from the xbox store

  • CATpt93TAC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As sad as this is, I suspect they can't do it. The company can't mess with laws of different countries or help customers to go around certain restrictions. In Portugal we can play pretty much everything, but I imagine that just sucks. The only way would be using a different region on your console, but then again, not sure you can do that...

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