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 Mar 23, 2006 - 09:09 AM - by Michael
* PS3 to be region-free (sort of)

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For the games, but not the movies, Sony will finally do away with region coding as of the PS3.

Most likely, it's an attempt to make modchips seem less legal by removing the "but it's necessary to play imported titles" defense.

The system is, amongst other things, hoped to help combat piracy - many import fans "chip" their consoles with region-free mod chips to play import games, and while that desire has some legitimacy, it also opens the doors for pirates to release illegal copies of games. (Funnily enough, it's most often easier to run illegal games on a console than it is to run legit games from other countries due to the way most mod chips work, leading to a slippery slope for importers hoping to stay legit but finding the road difficult to maneuver.)

 

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