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Xbox One games aren't region-locked, Microsoft confirms, so why wait till 2014?

"Xbox One may be used in all countries, including the non-launched markets."

Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One games are region-free, which is apparently news, though I could swear I read it/wrote about it a few weeks ago. This isn't a passive-aggressive swipe at fellow journos - I'm probably just misremembering. Anyway, shut up Edwin and tell us about Xbox One game region-locking.

Microsoft announced the news to Eurogamer last night, in what's clearly an attempt to appease those who will no longer be buying an Xbox One this year, after the company pushed back release in eight previously announced launch regions.

"When the console launches this November, we will support Xbox One in 13 markets," it reads. "Xbox One may be used in all countries, including the non-launched markets. In addition, Xbox One games are not region locked. Any Xbox One game purchased at retail can be used in any country on any Xbox One.

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"That said," it cautions, "there needs to be a valid payment method corresponding to a supported launch country in order for any transactions to occur over Xbox Live, and some content may not be accessible outside launch markets due to geographic content restrictions imposed by content right holders."

People who live in the regions concerned who've pre-ordered already might want to hold off importing nonetheless - Microsoft will send a free pack-in game to pre-ordering Xbox One buyers as compensation for the delay.

Microsoft's Albert Penello followed up with a quick clarification on NeoGAF, warning players to watch out for incompatible power supplies, and that pre-paid cards may be "geo-restricted based on licensing (e.g. Netflix works only in supported countries)."

Cheers, VG247.

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