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R1, R2, & R3 - What is up with these on PS4/PS5 game listings?

Here is a scenario: you're a complete newbie to this whole Playstation console thing and you have recently bought your PS4 or PS5. Of course, what will your console do if you don't have a game to play with it? So you scour the internet to find games. In your web browsing chronicles, you finally find the game you've been looking for. You’re about to buy it but then, you see another listing of the same title but it looks different somehow. Then, you see that there seems to be a code following the title. It says R1 and the other one says R3. But what’s the difference? And when the product gets to you, how can you verify that you received the correct one?

Well, this guide will help you answer those questions and more. So let’s get to it!  

What are R1, R2, and R3? 

This refers to the region of the game. You see, games are released in different parts of the globe. So this code gives you an idea of where the game was released/distributed. For your reference, here is the list of regions and the areas they cover.

  • R1 – US: Bermuda, Canada, United States, and U.S. territories
  • R2 – EUROPE: The Middle East, Western Europe, Central Europe, Egypt, French overseas territories, Greenland, Japan, Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland
  • R3 – ASIA: Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, and Taiwan

There are other existing regions aside from these but these particular ones are what you usually see here in the Philippines. 

So what’s the deal with these region codes? 

There used to be a “region-lock” which means that if your console and game are released in different regions, you won’t be able to play the game! It just won’t work. This was established mainly to protect the user from accessing certain content in their territory because of legal reasons *ahem* censorship *ahem*and other reasons that we will not be going into too much detail as they are not as impactful as before. So gone are those days since both PS4 and PS5 are now region-free. Meaning, no matter the region of the game and where your console is manufactured, you'll be able to play any game offline (provided that it's indeed playable offline).

But region-matching is not totally lost because it's still applicable and required in: 

  • Claiming downloadable codes (DLCs)
  • Playing online multiplayer 
  • Retrieving game data save 

So how do you identify a game’s region? 

When identifying the region of the game, you need to look at three things on the game case: 

  • Video game rating system
  • SKU ID
  • Distribution code

Video Game Rating System

This is a system used to classify the suitability of video games based on their target audience. Since it's closely tied to the regions’ culture, there may be differences in age brackets vis-a-vis the rating of the organization that reviews the content. This is also the reason why the EU version of some games are censored. 


Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Rating


Everyone Ages 10+


Mature audience

Adults Only

Rated E
Rated E 10+
Rated T
Rated M
Rated A/O


Pan European Game Information (PEGI) Rating

Rated PEGI 3
Rated PEGI 7
Rated PEGI 12
Rated PEGI 16
Rated PEGI 18

Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) Rating

For all ages

Ages 6 and over

Ages 12 and over

Ages 16 and over

Ages 18 and over

all ages
ages 6 and over
Ages 12 and over
ages 16 and over
ages 18 and over


Taiwan Entertainment Software Rating Information(TESRI) Rating

General Public


Parental Guidance 12

Parental Guidance 15


General Public
PG 12
PG 15

On PS4 cases, you can easily see this in front located at the lower-left part of the cover. At times, it is also included in the back cover albeit smaller. Here is a sample: 


As you can also see on the table, each organization has distinct colors and presentations of the rating. R3 is a bit of a special case. Certain releases bear no rating at all. Like this one:



This is an internal numeric coding system to identify any released game. Think of it as your ID number in your student, employee, PhilHealth, SSS, or GSIS ID. It’s a unique string of alphanumeric characters. BTW, SKU stands for Stock Keeping Unit. It usually includes a product code and a unique ID. The product code is distinct to a region, and the common codes you’ll see are CUSA, PCAS, and PLAS. It is followed by a unique number ID. The common format is:

Product code  

Number ID

You can find it on the spine of the case. Here is a sample:

Katana Kami

Distribution code

It has no official name but we’ll call this as such since it basically signifies where the game copy was distributed/released. It is enclosed in a small square with line art of a globe and a number next to it. It is generally found  at the bottom part of the back cover:  

Mortal Kombat 11

A fair warning: you might say that it would be easier to use the distribution code as a basis. It’s a yes and no for us. If you see a specific number then you’re good to go but what if you see “All”? What region is that? Some forums would say that R-All also stands for R1 but this is inaccurate seeing that some R3 games bear this label also. Just look at this side by side of R1 and R3 copies of God of War:

God of War US
God of War ASIA

To accurately determine the region of the game, we recommend looking at the rating and the SKU ID instead. A quick look at just one of them will give you the answer you need. 

In summary:

RegionCountryRatingSKU IDDistribution code
R1USESRBNumber only
CUSA + number
1, All
R2EuropePEGI, USKCUSA + 2 number strings2, All
R3AsiaTESRI, unratedPLAS + number
PCAS + number
3, All

If you're already well-versed with the PS4 region coding, identifying the region in PS5 is much easier. It employs the same conventions but with a few changes*. Now, the distribution code is no more  and what's left are the rating and SKU ID. Refer to this table:

RegionCountryRatingSKU ID
R1USESRBNumber only
R2EuropePEGI, USKPPSA + number
R3AsiaTESRI, unratedELAS + number
ECAS + number

and of course, here are some examples: 




Ratchet & Clank


Ratchet & Clank
*These are based on the available titles as of the date of posting.

So all in all, the R1, R2, and R3 that you see on your game listing refers to the region of the game. R1 stands for the US region, R2 for the EU region, and R3 for the ASIA region. You can easily identify them by looking at the rating, SKU ID, and distribution code. In terms of content, they do not have much difference except for some EU game copies that are censored. You’ll also be able to play any game offline no matter their region because PS4/PS5 consoles are region-free already. However, region-matching is still applicable in certain situations. If we haven't mentioned it earlier, a workaround here is to create another PSN account that matches the region of the game. You can always switch back and forth between accounts.

We hope this somehow clarifies this PS4/PS5region mumbo jumbo. But if by chance you still have burning questions, feel free to message us! Just click on the chat icon at the bottom-right of the page. 


Regional lockout

Digital system to prevent use of a product or service outside of a certain region or territory

Not to be confused with Lockout (news filing).

A regional lockout (or region coding) is a class of digital rights management preventing the use of a certain product or service, such as multimedia or a hardware device, outside a certain region or territory. A regional lockout may be enforced through physical means, through technological means such as detecting the user's IP address or using an identifying code, or through unintentional means introduced by devices only supporting certain regional technologies (such as video formats, i.e., NTSC and PAL).

A regional lockout may be enforced for several reasons, such as to stagger the release of a certain product,[citation needed] to avoid losing sales to the product's foreign publisher,[1] to maximize the product's impact in a certain region through localization,[1] to hinder grey market imports by enforcing price discrimination,[citation needed] or to prevent users from accessing certain content in their territory because of legal reasons (either due to censorship laws, or because a distributor does not have the rights to certain intellectual property outside their specified region).[citation needed]


Disc regions[edit]

Main articles: DVD region code, Blu-ray § Region codes, and Universal Media Disc § Region coding

The DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and UMD media formats all support the use of region coding; DVDs use eight region codes (Region 7 is reserved for future use; Region 8 is used for "international venues", such as airplanes and cruise ships), and Blu-ray Discs use three region codes corresponding to different areas of the world. Most Blu-rays, however, are region-free.

On computers, the DVD region can usually be changed five times. Windows uses three region counters: its own one, the one of the DVD drive, and the one of the player software (occasionally, the player software has no region counter of its own, but uses that of Windows). After the fifth region change, the system is locked to that region. In modern DVD drives (type RPC-2), the region lock is saved to its hardware, so that even reinstalling Windows or using the drive with a different computer will not unlock the drive again.

Unlike DVD regions, Blu-ray regions are verified only by the player software, not by the computer system or the drive. The region code is stored in a file or the registry, and there are hacks to reset the region counter of the player software. In stand-alone players, the region code is part of the firmware.

For bypassing region codes, there are software and multi-regional players available.

A new form of Blu-ray region coding tests not only the region of the player/player software, but also its country code, repurposing a user setting intended for localization (PSR19) as a new form of regional lockout. This means, for example, while both the US and Japan are Region A, some American discs will not play on devices/software configured for Japan or vice versa, since the two countries have different country codes. (For example, the United States is "US" (21843 or hex 0x5553), Japan is "JP" (19024 or hex 0x4a50), and Canada is "CA" (17217 or hex 0x4341).) Although there are only three Blu-ray regions, the country code allows much more precise control of the regional distribution of Blu-ray Discs than the six (or eight) DVD regions.

AnyDVD HD ( and higher) has an option to turn off the check of the country code of by using the value 4294967295 or hex 0xFFFFFFFF. The software developers say users can also change the country code in the registry value "bdCountryCode" themselves. (Before the change of the value, AnyDVD must be closed, and after changing, it must be restarted.)


Some features of certain programs are/were disabled if the software is/was installed on a computer in a certain region.

In older versions of the copy software CloneCD, the features "Amplify Weak Sectors", "Protected PC Games," and "Hide CDR Media" were disabled in the United States and Japan. Changing the region and language settings in Windows (e.g., to Canadian English) or patches could unlock these features in the two countries. SlySoft decided to leave these options disabled for the US for legal reasons, but, strangely enough, in the program "AnyDVD", which is also illegal according to US law, no features were disabled. The current version of CloneCD ( is not region-restricted anymore.

The newer versions of the copy software DVDFab [de] ( and higher) come in a US version (no Blu-ray-ripping feature), which is downloaded if the homepage identifies a US IP address, and a non-US version (with working Blu-ray-ripping feature). Some webpages allow the download of the non-US version also from the US (they store the non-US version directly and do not use download links to the developer's homepage).

The software CCleaner v5.45.6611 has an added check to prevent the use in embargoed countries.

Some programs (e.g., games) are distributed in different versions for NTSC and PAL computers. In some cases, to avoid grey market imports or international software piracy, they are designed not to run on a computer with the wrong TV system. Other programs can run on computers with both TV systems.

Kaspersky Lab sells its anti-virus products at different prices in different regions and uses regionalized activation codes. A program bought in a country of a region can be activated in another country of the same region. Once activated, the software can also be used in and download updates from other regions as long as the license is valid. Problems may arise when the license must be renewed, or if the software must be reinstalled, in a region other than the one where it was bought. The region is identified by the IP address (there is no activation possible without Internet connection), so the use of VPN or a proxy is recommended to circumvent the restriction.

The Kaspersky regions are:

  • Region 1: Canada, United States, Mexico, and Bermuda
  • Region 2: Western Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Egypt, and Japan
  • Region 3: Southeast Asia
  • Region 4: Central America, South America (excluding French Guiana), and Oceania; Mexico uses software that uses flags for both regions 1 and 4
  • Region 5: Africa, India, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (also includes Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Serbia)
  • Region 6: Mainland China
  • Region 7: Elsewhere
  • Region 8: Special international area (airplane, steamer, etc.)

The desktop versions of HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario are region locked, according the build is 91UKV6PRA1, for the A6740uk released in 2009. WildTangent EMEA, Magic Desktop will not work on models in the US.

The HP FlexBuild Regions Are:

  • USA: United States
  • JAP: Japan
  • KOR: Korean
  • EMEA: Elsewhere
  • TOUCH: Designed for HP Touchsmart only


Main article: Geo-blocking

On the internet, geo-blocking is used primarily to control access to online media content that is only licensed for playback in a certain region due to territorial licensing arrangements.[2]

Video games[edit]

Regional lockouts in video games have been achieved by several methods, such as hardware/software authentication, slot pin-out change, differences in cartridge cases, IP blocking and online software patching. Most consolevideo games have region encoding.

The main regions are:

Atari Inc.[edit]

The Atari 2600 does not have regional locking, but NTSC games can display wrong colors, slow speed and sound on PAL systems and vice versa.

Atari 7800 has regional locking on NTSC systems, leaving PAL-made games unplayable on them. However, the PAL versions of Atari 7800 can run NTSC games, but suffering from the same problems as Atari 2600 did.

The Atari 5200, Lynx and Jaguar are region-free.


Nintendo was the first console maker to introduce regional locks to its consoles, and used them for every one of its consoles except the Nintendo Switch,[3] while mostly eschewing them for its handheld products.

Games for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) were locked through both physical and technical means; the design of cartridges for the NES differed between Japan and other markets, using a different number of pins. As the Famicom (the Japanese model) used slightly smaller cartridges, Japanese games could not fit into NES consoles without an adapter (and even with that, they could still not use the extra sound functionalities of the Famicom due to their differing hardware). Official adapters existed inside early copies of Gyromite and could be disassembled then swapped with a different Famicom game.

Additionally, the NES also contained the 10NES authentication chip; the chip was coded for one of three regions:

A game's region is recognized by the console using the 10NES chip. If the chip inside the cartridge conflicts with the chip inside the console, the game will not boot. The 10NES chip also doubled as a form of digital rights management to prevent loading unlicensed or bootleg games. The redesigned Nintendo Entertainment System (Model NES-101) released in 1993/1994 lacks the 10NES chip, and can play PAL and unlicensed games, although Famicom games still need a converter. The Famicom does not include a 10NES chip, but is still unable to play imports unless an adapter is used, due to the different size of the media.

A photo showing the bottom ends of a PAL SNES / Japanese SFC cartridge and a North American SNES cartridge.
Cases for SFC games in Japan and PAL regions (top) and North American (bottom) regions. Notice the slots in the bottom cartridge to accommodate for plastic tabs in the North American console.

The American Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and the Super Famicom use differences in cartridge cases. A Super NES cartridge will not fit in a Super Famicom/PAL SNES slot due to its different shape and two pieces of plastic in the SNES slot prevent Super Famicom cartridges from being inserted in the SNES. PAL SNES carts can be fully inserted in Japanese consoles, but a similar chip to the 10NES, called the CIC, prevents PAL games from being played in NTSC consoles and vice versa. While physical modification of the cases (either console or cartridges) is needed to play games from the different regions, in order to play games of different TV systems, a hardware modification is also needed. Region locks could be bypassed using special unlicensed cartridge adapters such as Game Genie. The swapping of cartridge shells also bypasses the physical regional lockout.

The Nintendo 64 features similar lockout methods as the Super NES. The GameCube and Wii are both region-locked, the Wii Shop Channel is also region-locked. Wii channels from other regions will display an error message "This channel can't be used." The coded regions are:

  • NTSC-U (The Americas and Asia)
  • PAL (Europe and Oceania)
  • NTSC-J (Japan)
  • NTSC-K (South Korea)

The GameCube and Wii's regional lockout can be bypassed either by console modification (the Wii also through BIOS hacking, via The Homebrew Channel), or simply by third party software. Datel's FreeLoader or Action Replay discs are most notable.

The Wii U is also region-locked.[4][5]

Not counting the NES-101 "top loader", the Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's first region-free console, and it is region-free to the fullest extent, such that games from its Nintendo eShop can be purchased and downloaded regardless of region.[6] The one exception to this being the Chinese version of the Nintendo Switch distributed by Tencent in Mainland China. This version can play cartridge games from any region, but is only able to connect to the Chinese servers, thus it can not access any game updates, DLC or online modes from imported games, or download said games digitally. All other versions of the Nintendo Switch are also unable to play cartridges released specifically by Tencent for the Chinese Nintendo Switch.[7]

All Nintendo handhelds except both Nintendo DSi models and the Nintendo 3DS are fully region-free.[8] In the case of the former, only the physical and digital games that cannot be played on earlier DS models are region-locked. The latter's region lock strictly applies to all software designed for it, with the only exception being the application Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre,[9] which is not a game in of itself.


The PlayStation and PlayStation 2 are region-locked into three regions: NTSC U/C, NTSC-J, and PAL. However, it is possible to disable region locking on the PlayStation 2 via using a mod chip or Swap Magic disc.[10]

All PlayStation 3 games, except for Persona 4 Arena and Way of the Samurai 3, are region free.[11][12] Although publishers could choose to region-lock specific games based on a mechanism that allows for the game to query the model of the PS3, none did so during the first three years after the PS3's launch.[13] In the case of Persona 4 Arena;[14] publisher Atlus declined to reverse its decision despite substantial outcry by some of their fanbase. The decision was made to avoid excessive importing, because all versions of the game share the same features and language support, but have differing price points and release dates in each region. They did, however, decide not to apply region-locking to its sequel (Persona 4 Arena Ultimax).[15] There is region locking for backwards-compatible PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, as well as DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies. Additionally, some games separate online players per region, such as Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The PlayStation Store only contains content for its own country. For example, the EU store will not supply usable map packs for an imported US copy of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. In addition, downloadable content for the PlayStation 3 systems is region-matched with the game, so you need to buy DLC from US PlayStation Store to use it in a US game. More specifically, the PS3's file system includes region-of-origin, so DLC cannot be shared between different region games much like save files cannot. Also, the PSN Store is tied to each user's PSN account, and payment methods for PSN is also region-locked. For example, a user with a Japanese PSN account will only be able to access the Japanese PSN store despite owning a US PS3, and can only pay for a game with a Japanese PSN gift card or Japanese credit card. However, with a few rare exceptions, notably Joysound Dive,[16] downloaded content from each PSN store are also region free, as are PSOne and PS2 classics offered on the store.

Although PlayStation Portable has no region locking for UMD games;[17] UMD movies are locked by region.[18] However, Sony has confirmed that it is possible to implement region-locking on the PSP, and the firmware will disable features based on region. For example, Asian region PSPs will not display the "Extras" option on the XMB despite having been upgraded to the US version of Firmware 6.20, preventing owners of such PSPs from installing the Comic Book Viewer and the TV Streaming applications. As the applications are installed through a PC, and users from the region are not blocked from downloading them, it is possible to install them on non-Asian PSPs that have been imported into the region.

While PlayStation Vita games had the potential to be region-locked, all games released for the system are region-free.

Like their predecessors, the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 are not region-locked, although it is still possible to develop region-locked games. Sony's official stance is that they discourage developers from region-locking and will only relent in special cases (as with the PS3 Persona 4 Arena).[19][20] However, as with the PlayStation 3, digital content such as downloadable content for games still requires a PSN account from the region the content was made for. That said, PSN accounts themselves are not region locked and an account for one region can be made on a console from another one.[21]


The SG-1000 does not have region lockout between Japanese and Australian systems, the same applies with SC-3000 games on cartridge and cassettes, as well SF-7000 disks.

Western Sega Master Systems have a different shape from the Japanese cartridge connector, meaning Sega Mark III and SG-1000 games are incompatible with it. A BIOS included prevents Japanese cartridges (both Mark III and SG-1000) to be used on Western systems, even with adapters. The Sega Card slot on these systems has the same pinout from its Japanese counterpart, but they cannot run Japanese and SG-1000 cards due to lack of a certain code in the ROM header. This can be circumvented by removing the BIOS IC from it. However, some European-only games such as Back to the Future Part III will refuse to boot on NTSC systems. Japanese games can be run on Power Base Converter with use of adapters, but it will not run SG-1000 games, regardless of region.

A screenshot of an error screen with the message "DEVELOPED FOR USE ONLY WITH NTSC GENESIS SYSTEMS."
Error screen indicating that a region-locked Sega Genesis game will not work on European or Japanese Mega Drive consoles.

Japanese Sega Mega Drive cartridges have a different shape and will not fit in the Genesis or PAL Mega Drive slot, which have the same shape (although the Genesis 3 in the US will accept Japanese titles due to its wider slot.) Japanese Mega Drive systems have a piece of plastic that slides in a place of the cartridge when the power switch is turned on, thus, inserting an American or European cart will make it impossible to use on a Japanese MD (though minor modifications to the plastic locks in the systems will bypass this). The console main board, however, was designed with language and frequency jumper sets which originally activated features in the same ROM for the different regions. This feature was later used to enable software-based regional locks that display warning messages that prevent the game from being played. Switches, instead of the jumpers, were used to bypass the locks. In region-locked games, if there is a multiple language feature, it can be changed with the switches after the game has booted-up (as with the case of Cyber Brawl/Cosmic Carnage for the Super 32X). Despite the console itself being region locked, most of the games, especially ones made by Sega, were region-free and could be played on any region, unless the cartridge doesn't fit the console.

The Sega Game Gear is region free, and some games have dual language depending on which system is used, such as Puyo Puyo (game name changes to Puzlow Kids) and Donald no Magical World (Ronald in Magical World), which are both Japan-exclusive games, but if run on Western units, they will be fully translated.

Sega Mega-CD games are region-locked. The region can be changed when making CD-R copies but it is not always possible (i.e. Sengoku Denshou in American consoles will hang in the Sega license screen with a region-changed CD-R copy). Furthermore, third party accessories exist that allow booting any regional Sega CD BIOS off a flashcart adapter in the main console's cartridge slot.[22] The Mega CD will work if connected to a Genesis. However it does not share the same AC voltage as the Sega CD.

Most American Sega Saturn discs can be played in Japanese consoles, but most Japanese games are locked for American and European consoles. Like in the Mega Drive/Genesis, the use of a switch will circumvent the region-lock but won't change the language. In addition, the use of certain unlicensed backup/RAM cartridges will also allow a console to play games from different regions, except for games that use proprietary ROM-RAM carts. Games from different television systems may have graphical problems.

Sega DreamcastGD-ROM discs were region-locked, but this could be circumvented with the use of boot discs.


The Xbox and the Xbox 360 are region-locked, but some games are region-free and will play in any region. Digital content through Xbox Live on the Xbox 360 and original Xbox are also region-locked, such as DLC, movies, and apps.

The Xbox One was initially planned to have a region blocking policy that would have prevented its use outside its region in an effort to curb parallel importing. Microsoft later reversed the policy and the final retail version of the console was not region-locked.[23] It was reported, though, that the console would be region-locked in China.[24] However, this decision has since been reverted as of April 2015.[25]


The Philips CD-i and the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer are region-free. Japanese 3DO units, however, have a kanji font in ROM, which is required by a few games. When such games can't find the font, they can get locked or rendered unplayable.

The Neo Geo Pocket line is also region-free.

Amongst PC games, regional lockout is more difficult to enforce because both the game application and the operating system can be easily modified. Subscription-based online games often enforce a regional lock by blocking IP addresses (which can often be circumvented through an open proxy) or by requiring the user to enter a national ID number (which may be impossible to verify). A number of other games using regional lockout are rare but do exist. One of the examples of this is the Windows version of The Orange Box, which uses Steam to enforce the regional lockout.[26] Steam also enforces a form of regional lockout in adherence to German law by offering to German users special versions of some games with banned content – most notably swastikas – replaced.[27] Steam is also used to restrict the release of the PC port of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance to US and Europe only due to Sony having an exclusivity deal with Konami in Asia, and to restrict the Asian release of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy to Japanese-only versions of the games. Besides the law and licensing issues, there is also a financial reason for Steam to region lock their games, since in Russia and other CIS countries prices of games on Steam are much lower than in the EU or North America.[28]


Hewlett-Packard printer cartridges have been regionalised since 2004.[29] Thus they do not work in printers with a different region code, unless the user calls technical support for the device to be reassigned to the appropriate region.[30]

HP printers have four regions:

  1. Americas, Greenland, Australia, New Zealand, Koreas, Mongolia, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, East Asia
  2. Western Europe, Turkey
  3. CIS, Africa, Near East, Japan
  4. China (except Hong Kong and Taiwan) and India

The region can be changed three times; then, the printer will be locked to a region.

Lexmark printers use different region-coding systems:

a) e.g. OfficeEdge Pro4000, OfficeEdge Pro4000c, OfficeEdge Pro5500, OfficeEdge Pro5500t, CS310, CS410 Color Laser Printer

  1. Americas
  2. Greenland, EU, EFTA
  3. (in CS310, CS410 Color Laser Printer called Region 8): Former Yugoslavian states, except for EU members Croatia and Slovenia, and rest of world (East Europe, Africa, Near East, Asia, Australia)

b) e.g. MS710, MS810 Monochrome Laser Printer

  1. USA, Canada
  2. Greenland, EU, EFTA
  3. Asia, Australia, New Zealand
  4. Central and South America
  5. Former Yugoslavian states (except Croatia and Slovenia), Eastern Europe, Turkey, Near East, Africa

Canon print cartridges for the Pixma MP 480 will not work in printers of that type with a different region code either (even when listed on the packaging of the Canon printer cartridges in question).

Epson ink cartridges are also use region-coded.

Xerox also uses region codes. Their printers are shipped with neutral "factory" ink sticks with no region coding. Upon the installation of the first new ink stick after these factory sticks, the machine will set a region code based on the installed ink stick and will only accept ink stick for that region from that point forward. "Officially, " only three starter ink sticks per color can be used; then, the printer will no longer accept them and will want region-coded ink sticks to be inserted, but there are workarounds for that problem.

Common region settings are:

  • NA (North America)
  • Metered-NA
  • DMO (developing markets, such as Asia and South America)
  • XE (Europe).


One method to bypass printer-region-coding is to store empty cartridges from the old region and refill them with the ink of cartridges from the new region, but many modern ink cartridges have chips and sensors to prevent refilling, which makes the process more difficult.

Some manufacturers of regionalized printers also offer region-free printers specially designed for travelers.

See also anti-refilling protections used by printer manufacturers.


Starting from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung phones and tablets contained a warning label stating that it would only operate with SIM cards from the region the phone was sold in. A spokesperson clarified the policy, stating that it was intended to prevent grey-market reselling, and that it only applied to the first SIM card inserted.[31]

Credit cards[edit]

As a protection against theft and misuse in foreign countries, some credit cards can be locked for certain regions. If the card holder wants to travel abroad and to use the credit card there, the lock of a certain region can temporarily be deactivated by the bank. Not all banks offer this service yet, and the region systems used may vary by banks.

For example, the Sparkasse Schwyz AG (Switzerland) uses the following system:

Region 1: Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Region 2: Europe (including Turkey and Greenland; overseas territories have the region code of their location.)

(Regions 1 and 2 are usually not locked.)

Region 3: Russia and CIS
Region 4: Africa
Region 5: Canada
Region 6: USA (except American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) and Mexico
Region 7: Latin America and Caribbean
Region 8: Middle East (except Turkey and Egypt), Asia-Pacific, Australia

See also[edit]


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Sony Playstation 4 Pro – 1 TB – Region 2


Entertainment at its best!

Go beyond 1080p with the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro Gaming Console. With updated graphics architecture and support for 4K gaming, the PS4 Pro provides increased detail, higher-resolution graphics, and faster or more stable frame rates than the original PS4. High Dynamic Range (HDR) gaming and content is also supported, which takes advantage of increased color depth and contrast on compatible displays. The PlayStation 4 Pro also allows for 4K video playback from streaming services, such as Netflix and YouTube.

PlayStation 4 Pro Console

Delivers powerful graphics and speed, deeply integrated social capabilities, connected gaming, intelligent personalization, and more for a comprehensive experience.

1TB internal hard drive

Substantial hard drive lets you store several blockbuster games and plenty of apps. Indie titles, recorded game footage and more.

Blu-ray delivers exceptional video quality for your games and movies

Watch Blu-ray and DVD video content. Blu-ray game discs have several times the capacity of DVD-based discs, allowing massive games to fit on a single disc.


Compatible with every PlayStation 4 game

Play online with other PlayStation 4 players with PlayStation Plus.

Extraordinary entertainment

With up to 4K streaming and 4K auto-upscaling for video content.


Integrated IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi

Provides a fast connection to PlayStation Network, so you can engage in multiplayer gameplay and stream live TV, high-definition movies and more.

Purchase games, movies and more with the PlayStation Store

Sony’s online store features a growing library of indie games and free-to-play titles

DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller

Features improved dual analog sticks and trigger buttons, a sensitive SIXAXIS motion sensor and a touchpad located on the top for more control and new ways to play and interact with games.

*Look for the ‘PS4™ Pro Enhanced’ icon on software packaging. ‘PS4™ Pro Enhanced’ features vary by game. Select titles may have enhanced visuals, frame rate, HDR 10 support, or increases in resolution. Select features depend on the type of display connected to PS4™ Pro. PS4™ Pro plays all PS4™ format games.

**PS Plus membership sold separately.

***Compatible 4K display required as well as subscription to 4K-compatible content streaming service. PS4™ Pro does not support 4K Blu-ray Discs. PS4 Pro provides auto-upscaling for standard Blu-ray Discs.


  • Main processor: Custom-Chip Single Processor
    • CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
    • GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • System Memory Bus: 256-bits
  • Storage: 1TB
  • BD/DVD Drive
  • Input/Output
    • 3 x Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port
    • 1 x AUX port
  • Networking
    • 1 x Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
    • IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    • Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
  • Power: AC 100V, 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: Max. 310W
  • Operating Temp: 5ºC – 35ºC
  • AV Output
    • HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR)
    • Digital Out (Optical) port

Categories: Console, PS4, Video Games & Consoles


When you bought a physical copy of your most anticipated PS4 game and found out that the game does not support your preferred language nor will you get any DLCs on it when you’re back in your comfortable crib… this might save yourself the trip back to the game store.

Games are published worldwide based on regions by publishers. Yes, the games are usually compatible with all PS4 from different regions but if you’re worried about region locked DLCs, Updates and Patches or supported language, you will need to look out for a certain region indicator before your purchase.

Certain games are released in different regions due to language and censorship which may not be appropriate if released in that region. Thus, games are released in batches dependent on regions. As seen in the pictures above, you might notice at the bottom back corner of your physical copy – a certain globe with a number on it. The number indicates which region the game is released.

To check if the game you bought is released for your region, here’s a list of region codes below:

R0 – ALL

R1 – Bermuda, Canada, United States and U.S. territories

R2 – The Middle East, Western Europe, Central Europe, Egypt, French overseas territories, Greenland, Japan, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland

R3 – Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan

R4 – Australasia, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Oceania, South America

R5 – The rest of Africa, Former Soviet Union, the Indian subcontinent, Mongolia, North Korea

R6 – Mainland China

Here’s a comparison between 3 different region released of MHW:

As seen in the pictures above, the games are from Region 2, 4 and ALL. You will also be able to find the languages that are supported in the game at the back of your physical cover. That way you can make sure that the game you bought is tied to your region so that you can download any updates or patches that supports your game.

This is especially important for your PSN codes as well. Because PSN codes are locked to the country that it is bought from – it must match the country of the PSN account. This also applies to DLCs and it must match the region of the PSN account and the region the game was bought from.

Hope this helps!

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