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No More Content Approval For PS2, Global PSN Possible?

This whole video game explosion over the past few decades has swept the world, so it only makes sense to make certain aspects of the industry more accessible to the entire planet.

According to GameDaily and DevelopMag, SCEE's George Bain has announced several major changes for the PS2 and PS3. Speaking at the Casual Connect conference in Kiev, Bain first said that Sony "has abolished the content approval process for PlayStation 2 titles," which means one can now accurately label the system as an "open platform." Furthermore, he said that the "firm's approvals process has been streamlined into a global system": previously, a game needed to be approved for Japan, Europe and North America separately, but now, it only needs to be approved once and this approval will include all three major regions. This should extend to the PlayStation Network as well, so there should only be one approval process for anything PSN-related. Obviously, this opens the floodgates for a variety of changes, and the world as a whole doesn't need to feel so restricted. No need to separate the three main regions anymore, right?

We wonder at the idea of a single, global PSN, where nothing is region-locked and every update applies to Japan, Europe, and the U.S. Given Sony's new focus on worldwide accessibility, perhaps we're not far away from a completely open Sony community.

10/29/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 11:38:05 AM
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XBOX LIVE has XBOXs classics like fable on so i dont see why not

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BlinkBoy
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 11:43:44 AM
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A globel store is a very good idea, it is kinda silly to have their own regions like they do now. The internet don't care if it's in Japan or France.

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Odd Child
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 11:52:16 AM
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It would be nice to have a shared network, so don't have to use multi PSN ID's.

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coverton341
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 12:21:41 PM
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Global Domination here we come. Now maybe Yakuza 3 really will come to the states.

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Willcome2Urf
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 1:02:35 PM
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why was there such a strict approval process in the first place? I don't understand how it could have been good for business. if theres a demand for games, in whatever region, why can't they sell us the games?

anyway, this will be awesome. I can't wait to see how it affects the PSN.

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shaydey77
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 1:06:59 PM
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I realy dont have enough hours left in my life to play all these...but ill try realy hard anyways!!!

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 1:45:00 PM
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Best news of the week. A global PSN would solve every problem i can logically see with the PS3's online service.
Please, if you find it's false, don't tell me. I prefer the dream of a unified PSN.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 2:30:10 PM
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Ah, good good

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 3:28:37 PM
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A good step forward. What does it profit anyone to region lock a game? I hope it moves onto the PS3 front on the discs too, yes you can buy region unlocked games, but say I want a Platinum hits game from the UK because it never broke the Greatest Hits mark in the U.S.? Well I still get a decent price and Sony still gets their money, this move could rake in some more money for them and I'm all for it.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 4:30:00 PM
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Global PSN: Not gonna happen. There is no point in releasing games worldwide, then instead of dealing with release date confusion consumers have to deal with language confusion. There are many PSN games, not to mention the hundreds of videos, that aren't in english. Also it doesn't force companies to have trailers go through every international ratings board. A novel concept that simply isn't gonna happen, sorry.

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coverton341
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 7:17:24 PM

Not to discount you but if developers start adding multiple languages i.e. Heavenly Sword, Uncharted then maybe this thing stands a chance though it would mean devs have to put more effort and therefore more money into developing a game so you could be very correct that it will not get off the ground just for different reasoning

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AceTatsujin
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 9:11:08 PM
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I demand FF XII on PSN, in HD please. And FF VIII and FF VII and FF X + X-2. I haven't beaten those games yet, except FF VII which I've beaten it many ... many times.

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LightShow
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 9:47:32 PM

dont forget FFIX

While it may not be the best across the board, it WAS the most fun to play...

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LightShow
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 10:25:35 AM

at least for me.

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cegmp
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 12:13:04 AM
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I think its a really good idea especially for someone like me who is living in a country where we don't have a Playstation store intended for us. I feel like a leech, leeching on the other networks.

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ZubraZap
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 2:56:40 AM
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Why didn't they do this when Breath of Fire 3 came out for the PSP in Europe! No worries I have the import version :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 7:53:03 AM
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Almost every game from PS2 has a Multi-5 language copy somewhere, all they have to do is make all of them this way.

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Dingodial
Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 8:16:04 AM
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I know this may be off-subject but since the PS store is now offering full movies and tv shows then why not offer full-fledged PS2 games available to download since all the new PS3s won't play PS2 games that are on CD or DVD?

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