Sony region-locks digital content on PS Vita
But games region-free
The PlayStation Vita will be region-locked for digital content, Sony has confirmed. It said the device requires a factory reset to jump between different PlayStation Network accounts.
Sony Japan's Third-Party Relations chief, Brad Douglas, confirmed the news through Twitter, highlighting that the next-gen PSP also limits players to one account.
"The only difference is that Vita requires you to do a factory reset  when logging into a new acct," he Tweeted.
Importing physical titles remains possible as the PS Vita is region-free in that sense, but it's bad news for Japanophiles who have to use separate accounts in order to grab their region-specific PSN content.
"Very clear that it's not region-locked, but that only applies to physical media ," Douglas insisted.
"Don't know the rationale behind locking digital," he admitted. ®