PS5 Games No Longer Be Region-Locked? Here’s What Sony Says

As people anticipate the release of the next-gen console PS5, Sony confirmed a multitude of questions in its Ultimate FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. Most of them answered if Playstation 5 games are not locked anymore and would be region-locked.

That said, if you live in the United States, you can now play any PlayStation 5 games published for a specific region. These include Japan (R2) or Hong Kong (R3), for instance.

R0 stands for both countries, while R1 stands for Bermuda, Canada, and all the United States territories. As well as Central and Western Europeans, R2 is for Middle Eastern nations. This area code is also used for several French overseas territories, several African states, and Japan.

R3 is for Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, and Taiwan in Southeast Asia. R4 is for Central America, Mexico, Oceania, South America, Australasia, and the Caribbean. The R5 area code is preceded by the majority of Africa, Mongolia, and North Korea. R6, on the other hand, is for Mainland China alone.

Read the full FAQ about PS5 here.

Cloud Games for PS Now

PS5 also embraces the cloud and streaming game service of PlayStation Now (PS Now), as its predecessor.

While PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 games are not enabled through backward compatibility, PS Now lets players get their hands on older games online locally.

Sony guarantees that the PS5 games would operate smoothly with the PS4. PS5 helps players to chat, play against and with each other from each device, and also transfer their save games into the new-gen consoles.

It is, though, completely determined by the creators. Some games would have a patch, including Ghost of Tsushima and Spider-Man, to enable players to move their saves to their new consoles.

Backward Compatibility

Sony is announcing that 99% of existing PS4 games would be enabled on Playstation 5. Players will also access and import their PS4 games onto their PS5 from their PlayStation Collection.

Some creators, including EA’s FIFA 21 and Ubisoft’s forthcoming Far Cry 6, offer a free download of the games’ new-gen edition to fans. This practice helps players to take advantage of the strong graphic rendition without costing an arm and a leg.

A more smooth framerate entirely redesigned visuals, and improved loading speed for PS5 can be seen in some PS4 titles. The Last of Us Part 2 on Sony’s latest console will, for example, enable up to 4 K of adjustable resolution.

That said, PS4 games will see the newest UX advantages of an automated Game Boost and PS5, and it does not need to be toggled like the Boost Mode functionality of PS4 Pro.

PlayStation 5 will be launched in North America on November 12 and in the UK, Europe, and worldwide on November 19.

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