Is PlayStation 4 Region Free? (Why It Depends)


The PlayStation 4 is one of the most successful consoles of all time, but is the PlayStation 4 region free? You will find out in this article.

PlayStation 4 games are region free, any game disc will play on every PS4 console. But games and DLC from the PlayStation network are region locked as the store caries from country to country. DVDs and Blue Ray are region locked.

You can see the tweet above of former president of Sonys worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida confirming the PS4 is region free way back in 2013.

I will explain if you can change your region on PS4, and what region free means on PS4, and if you can change your region on PS4. Read on to find out.

To see if the PS4 is a multi region DVD player, please check my article.

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Can I Change My Region On PS4?

You cannot change the region of an existing PSN account, but you can create a new account to access region-specific games. But PS store credit cannot be transferred from one user to another

Ever wanted to play the latest and greatest games from one region, but didn’t know how? PlayStation regularly release games in Japan first, but certain games will have region-specific releases and then come out world wide, but this is a way to access these games when they come out.

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How To Change Region On PS4

  1. Go to the Sony Entertainment website, enter an email address that is not associated with a PSN account and fill in all the information including date of birth and password
  2. Choose a PSN region from the drop-down menu, if it’s a non-English region you can use Google translate, to help you through the process click submit and verify your email
  3. Create a new user on your PS4 using the account you just created, any zip code will work and skip past all social media options
  4. Login to the PSN store and you will see content exclusive to the region, play and enjoy the new content!

You can access Sonys website via this link.

How To Pay When In A Different Region Of The PlayStation Store

You can only use a gift card with the appropriate stores currency, a $50 gift card will not work on the Japanese store for example.

You can only add funds with a credit card or PayPal account that is registered in your region, whilst you can create a Amazon or PayPal account in the region you want, this is more complicated and more expensive than using a gift card.

You can get Sony gift cards for the best possible price on the website CD keys here, if you’ve never heard of them check my post for more information.

Once you’ve acquired a gift card, just go to the PlayStation Store, scroll down to the bottom of the menu on the left-hand side, and click on “Redeem Codes”. Simply enter the voucher code and the funds will be added to your account.

Does PS4 Have Region Lock?

The PS4 is a region free system, every PS4 can play every region disc-based games. However, DLC PSN accounts, digital games, and in-game currency are region-specific. Sony recommends purchasing hardware and games from the same region for the best performance.

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