Sony reveals PS5 games will be region free, and the console will support PS Now

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The PlayStation 5 will launch on Thursday, November 12th, and Sony has published a huge FAQ outlining a lot of details about the new console. Buried in the FAQ are a few new tidbits that mean you’ll be able to play even more games than you might have expected on the PS5.

PS5 games will be region free, according to the FAQ, which means you’ll be able to play games from other countries without any issues. That could be a big deal if, for example, there’s a game released in Japan that you want to play but doesn’t get an official release in the US. That game will still work on your PS5.

The PS5 will also support Sony’s PlayStation Now cloud gaming service, which means you’ll be able to play more older PlayStation games than we previously knew. PS Now lets you download and stream certain PS4 games, but it also lets you stream some PS3 and PS2 games. I had a great experience using PS Now to play through the PS3 version of The Last of Us earlier this year, so I’m happy that I’ll still be able to use the service on my PS5 to dip my toes into some classic PS3 and PS2 games.

Sony has already said that most of the PS4’s more than 4,000 titles would work on the PS5, and early tests show that many PS4 games play even better on the new console. The company is also giving PlayStation Plus subscribers access to some of the PS4’s biggest hits through the PlayStation Plus collection on your PS5.


JPRG’s here I come

Does that mean that all games have access to all languages/subtitles/… though?

Excellent questions. More and more games in my region come without English these days, had to return a few and buy in US store instead already.

Also, will DLC work across regions? That was a big no-no on PS4.

Yeah I have two PSN accounts because of this shit…

Probably not, if PS4 is any indication—that a was also a region-free console.

Nope. Just means it works. This is the exact same thing Sony has been doing since the PSP.

At this point, I sort of expect this from all consoles but I’m glad to know that it’s been confirmed.

I am 99% sure that it is region free, except in China, where you can choose from the four games approved by the government in the local version of the store.

Region free presently means less than it once did. Sure, if you own the game on physical media, maybe you can play it on any PS5, but It’s almost guaranteed that the storefronts for digital copies, and the PS Now entry points will be region specific, based on content restrictions, age-related rules, language availability, and primarily publisher preferences. People’s ability to participate in those regions will be determined by their access to payment methods which match the regions, regardless of wether or not there’s further limits on which regions may switch between each other, and how often that may occur.

Just note that BC PS4 games don’t seem to be taking advantage of the PS5 NVMe SSD speed

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