Though the PlayStation 3 is not locked
by any particular region, meaning a Japanese PS3 should play European titles, there is one caveat as far as technology is concerned.
Jem Alexander, a new writer for Joystiq sister PS3 Fanboy
and the owner of a US PS3 living in Europe, recently picked up a European copy of F.E.A.R.
only to get a discouraging message: "This game not supported (80028F10)." You don't need to be fluent in hexdecimal (and if not, why are you wearing those t-shirts
, hm?) to feel confusion and resentment towards the supposedly region-free console.
The problem is much less sinister. North America and Japan use NTSC television standards, or 480i
, while Europe uses PAL standards, or 576i
. Hence, the US PS3 isn't configured to handle the extra 96 lines of imaging. (You might remember a similar problem being noted with European Genesis releases
for the Wii Virtual Console.) The solution is simple but costly: all PS3 titles support 720p, so buy an HDTV set.
[Via PS3 Fanboy