New Store Won't Be Region Locked
The new-look PlayStation Store will be sitting on your screens at home in less than two weeks, but in the meantime, we've been looking high and low for new details concerning the overhaul. The latest bit of info should allow avid Store users to heave a big sigh of relief, because we know you have several master accounts for multiple regions...
Gaming Age asked SCEA whether or not we'd still be able to access different regions on the Store, and thankfully, the official answer is as follows- It is "confirmed that no changes to the store will be made as part of this revamp relating to region locking." You know that Japanese account you made up to download the Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds demo last year? Don't worry, it'll still work even after the PlayStation Store has resurfaced with its flashy new appearance. Many were concerned that with the new interface, Sony would take the opportunity to region lock the Store, thereby restricting everybody to content only available to their specific territory. Of course, this does make some sense, but it's not something we want to see happen, right?
For the most part, this Store revamping won't change how we interact with the content, and that's good news. Even though there will be a significant alteration to the interface (embedded into the PS3 rather than utilizing a web interface), this is mostly a cosmetic update. Remember that, Network buffs.
4/2/2008 Ben Dutka