For a long time now video games have had regional releases and you can play Region 1 games (from the US) in Region 2 (Europe) on European machines. This isn’t locked and when you order games off the internet it’s best to be sure you are getting the right region game for your machine otherwise any extra content you buy will most likely not work.
What Xbox and Sony don’t tell you is that extra downloadable content (DLC) is non-refundable and companies such as Ubisoft who make the DLC content for their games will not allow you to change a US code for a UK or European code.
For example a UK citizen can see a PS3 game on Amazon for sale at a very reasonable price. Buy that game, wait a whole month for it to be delivered and realise they can’t play online because the game code is region 1 only and not region 2.
Of course you should be able to return the game and get a refund, but shipping it back to America is pricey and the consumer is out of pocket this way.
So this is more of a warning to make sure you are buying games that are the same region as your console. To check this in a store simply look at the bottom of the spine and make sure the correct graphic is present.
Another interesting point I have thought about and wondered because it’s DLC content, is it taxed? Is the consumer paying any tax in the price? Are governments taxing companies DLC profits? How much is the consumer out of pocket and how many people have lost their money because they are not informed about the regional locking of DLC content?
If the games industry is in the billions and DLC content is in the millions? Could the consumer market already be out of pocket by millions? And considering DLC is non-refundable I am betting these companies have already make a fair few millions off this exploit.
Previously PS3 users had to use Youtube through the playstation internet browser. Now for those people that love to watch movies on Youtube they get a better app, with pairing abilities.
The refresh rate, and the rate at which you can download and watch top quality movies is impressive. However the major draw-back has to be the loss of the index system. Via your computer or laptop it’s harder to browser through collections, you might be after something, but you might not be sure of what you want.
For just simple browsing the youtube digital library seems to have taken two steps backwards. But at least they are going forward by intruducing the app to the PS3.
I for one feel there is much, much room for improvement, lets just hope they can fix the issues which I have stated.
I was going to play some MW2 and BlackOps, only to find out that I couldn’t connect. Took me awhile to find the notice online.
Seems storm Sandy has decimated some of the virtual worlds on the net.
There I was experiencing a bit of lag on the Playstation Home Network, suddenly all stopped and it went blank. I had realised my PS3 had crashed, so I held down the power button for 7 seconds to turn off the system.
What happened next;
The appropriate system storage was not found.
Now I am so very sad, it’s died and my PS3 isn’t a year old. I am going to be on the phone to them in the morning.
Last night the rain was pouring down and I really didn’t want to go anywhere. There wasn’t much I was interested in on the TV so I browsed throught the Playstation Home network on my PS3.
What court my interest was a short film about 40 minutes long promoting Assassins Creed II. I didn’t know what to expect but the storyline was very well presented. Music and effects were also good. They clearly have spent a fair bit of money on this project.
It seemed to be missing something, or didn’t seem long enough in parts. It did feel very quick know. But gave a good account to the story as a whole.
For those that don’t have a PS3, you can watch the film on youtube. It’s something to enjoy if you’re a fan of the series like me.