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!