Microsoft has told Digital Trends that the Xbox One will be region-locked. A game which is bought in one part of the world will not work in another. Region locking for the Xbox 360 was left up to the publishers, however the vast majority of games were not region-free.
“Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale,” said a representative from Microsoft. “We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.”
There is still no word from Sony if the PlayStation 4 will be region-locked or not. The PlayStation 3, DS and PSP are region-free, while 3DS and Wii software is not.