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Originally Posted by garyopa
You are about the only person right in this entire thread. The "threat" imported games caused sony was actually minimal to none. But the threat of modchips was another story. both court cases in italy and australia were won almost solely on the issue of sony locking out the ps2 console as a money strategy. Essentially a monopoly of their own game market.
Making the ps3 region free eliminates this clause in case ps3 chips are actually released.
And Xianaix is partially correct. I wont go as far as bashing the ps3 but sonys current is flawed. Less than six months for coders to finalize games, a tiny amount of consoles per country, uncertainty on price, controller and hard drive. The ps3 may be a great game console but as of right now it certainly not shaping up or showing the public that its going to be the 360 killer they claim it to be.
I am so surprised this did not happen earlier!!
Although Game publishers may decide to go against this as they prefer to be able to market their games in world wide release patterns to increase profits - but that will depend on the PS3 hardware - if there is anyway for the game to detect region? (NTCS Vs PAL maybe?)
This spells the death of mod chips in Australia - legaly anyway - the only reason why the ACCC in Australia supported chips was due to what they considered anti-competitive nature of region restrictions.
With region free and Sony claiming to be looking at including linux as well... there is no need to have them - unless you can't upgrade the factory delivered HD without one - then and only then could there be a legal loop hole in Oz.
And I think that would be the case - only Sony supplied HD's would work so there may still be life left in the modding community - on the legal side of the law once PS3 hits.
I also agree release is doubtful by november in a stable reliable form if Sony is still bidding on technology for use inside, and that they can't fit already what they plan to use...
That means case needs to be redesigned, PCB layout, compliance testing and noise reduction as well as bug fixing, redesign with fixes and re-compliance still need to occur - this takes a long long time - As an Engineer as a day job - I have experience in this. Especially if part shortages occur on the IC's required for the system.
As always - like with the Xbox, the 360 and the PS2 - I will never buy the 1st version no matter the hype:
1) Costs almost double the price of what you can expect 6 months later
2) Unstable and poor design full of bugs - never buy 1st releases!!
Back in January we talked about how the PS3 may be region free, and a couple of weeks ago importers across the globe threw their hands in the air as exactly that was announced; no region-lock on PlayStation 3! Recently Sony also confirmed that the launch has been delayed though, but with a new date of November Sony are planning for free multiplayer online gaming, a larger hard drive pre-installed with Linux, 100% backwards compatibility, downloadable full-songs, movies, games and more. They're also aiming for an almost simultaneous worldwide launch, which as Microsoft can testify too, is one hell of a challenge.
Regarding the region free capabilities of the upcoming PS-3, does that mean that it will be able to play PS-1 & PS-2 games from all regions, or just PS-3 all region games?
It is not very clear.