The next generation Xbox One console will not be available in all European countries this year, as revealed the other day by Microsoft. While this is definitely a shame for gamers living in these countries, this may not be a big problem if these gamers are willing to import the console from another country or region, as all Xbox One games will not be region locked.
“When the console launches this November, we will support Xbox One in 13 markets. Xbox One may be used in all countries, including the non-launched markets. In addition, Xbox One games are not region locked. Any Xbox One game purchased at retail can be used in any country on any Xbox One.
“That said, there needs to be a valid payment method corresponding to a supported launch country in order for any transactions to occur over Xbox Live, and some content may not be accessible outside launch markets due to geographic content restrictions imposed by content right holders.”
Microsoft’s Albert Penello has further clarified on the region lock matter, confirming that all Xbox One games are worldwide signed and that the console will work anywhere.
At launch, gamers may also be able to buy contents found in specific Marketplaces but they must have a valid payment instrument for the specific country. The only thing that’s going to be region locked are music and video contents like Netflix.