If all of the recent news about the Xbox One wasn’t worrying enough, it looks like anyone who is eager to import games from other countries is going to be out of luck when it comes to the Xbox One. Speaking with Digital Trends, a Microsoft spokesperson said “Similar to the movie and music industry, games must meet country-specific regulatory guidelines before they are cleared for sale. We will continue to work with our partners to follow these guidelines with Xbox One.”
This means that anyone who imports a game will need to have a Xbox One with that region’s code. It is worth noting that most Xbox 360 games are region locked but the console itself is not, as the choice falls to the publisher. This new twist is unfortunate but not too unexpected, and given the lack of Xbox support in Japan it likely won’t affect too many games.