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Xbox One region locking confirmed by Microsoft

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Xbox One will be region-locked, a Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed.

Much like the Xbox 360, international games will not work on domestic Xbox One consoles.

First image of the Xbox One

© Microsoft

Xbox One, controller and Kinect


"Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale," a Microsoft spokesperson told Digital Trends.

"We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One."

Region-locking enables publishers to chart the popularity of franchises in different territories and comply with region-specific tax and censorship laws.

Announced last week, Xbox One - described as an all-in-one "ultimate home entertainment system" - will be launched later this year.

Gallery: Confirmed games for Xbox One:

While the system won't require an always-on connection, it must be connected to the internet every 24 hours.

Elsewhere, while Microsoft hasn't fully confirmed its policy on used games, a report suggested the firm and publishers will profit from all second-hand sales.

Xbox One will see 15 exclusive games launch in its first year, including Forza Motorsport 5 on day one.

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