Xbox One to be region-locked

The Xbox One announcement gave us some technical specs for Microsoft's next console, but it did leave some unanswered questions. They've been dripping in ever since, and today we have another bit of information. The console will be region-locked.

"Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale," a Microsoft representative told Digital Trends. "We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One."

Region locks aren't strictly required. For example, PlayStation 3 was largely region-free, with the notable exception of Persona 4 Arena. Xbox 360 does employ region protection, although many games have been released on that platform with no region coding whatsoever.