PlayStation Vita set to be region free

Sony’s latest device for the portable market, the PlayStaton Vita, has been confirmed to be region free. This will allow gamers to play games bought from anywhere in the world on the device. So if you want to buy a crazy Japanese fighter game, not available in your country, you can import it from Japan and it will work on your PlayStation Vita bought in another country/region. Or if you just want to buy cheaper games from the US if you live in the UK, you will be able to do so.

The news was confirmed by Sony President Shuheri Yoshida on Twitter when asked by a follower if the Vita was going to be region free. Yoshida responded with the short and simple ‘Yes, it is”.

The PlayStation Vita is a successor to the successful PlayStation Portable and features an extremely powerful 4 core processor. it also has 512MB of RAM and a 5 inch OLED screen for the best graphics.

The device is set for launch in Japan on the 17th December. Now that we know the device is region free, hardcore gamers may buy a PS Vita from Japan online and get it shipped to their country as the device isn’t released elsewhere in the world till 2012.

However when questioned Yoshida didn’t advise importing a console:

“There are people who are interested in importing the Japanese version of PS Vita from outside Japan, but I personally do not recommend that. From my experience owning both US and (Japanese) game consoles of everything, there tend to be minor nuisances… Like inconsistency between the use of X and O buttons between system software and games.”

I’m sure those gamers who want their Vita early won’t mind a minor nuisance and will still import the device.

The major competitor to the Vita is the Nintendo 3DS which is region locked. Maybe Sony made the Vita region free in an effort to get more sales over the Nintendo device?

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