In amongst all the breaking news about Microsoft doing a reversal on its DRM policies, you might have missed one little detail of extreme importance for Australian gamers: the Xbox One has no regional restrictions. It is region free.
Today the headlines will all focus on the removal of ‘always on’, the removal of other restriction, but given the problems Australian have had with local pricing the news that the Xbox One will be region free maybe be the most important one.
In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.
You can argue about the other policies, I don’t think it’s black or white, but region free? That’s a good thing. 100%.