Question: I want to order a North American (NTSC) game from the Rockstar Warehouse but I'm not sure if it will work on my console. How can I find out if the game will work on my hardware outside of North America? Are Rockstar games region-locked or region-free?
Answer: Region restrictions depend on the platform and the game. On PS3 games work in all regions. On 360 it can depend on the individual title. For example, GTA IV is region-locked while Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire are region-free.
Note for 360: There are no issues with playing region-free games anywhere in the world as DLC is not region-specific; however, not all games are region-free.
Note for PS3: All games are region-free (work in any PS3 worldwide) but we have to warn people about the fact that the product code of DLC has to match the product code of the disc they are using. This means that people in Europe can play the US version of PS3 games but if they download DLC using their Region 2 PSN account, it will be incompatible and they need to use a US account to find compatible content.
As a reference, here are the general guidelines for region restrictions across all games and platforms:
360 – Region Free:
Compatible with NTSC-U/C, NTSC-J, and PAL Xbox360™ consoles.
360 – Region Locked:
Compatible with NTSC-U/C (North American) Xbox360™ consoles only.
PS3 – All North American games:
PlayStation®3 games are region-free. However, if you are the owner of a console purchased outside of North America and you are thinking of purchasing a North American PS3 game, be aware that you will not be able to accesscompatible DLC (downloadable content) for a North American Disc without a North American PSN account and a credit card registered to a North American billing address.
PS2 – All North American games:
Compatible with NTSC-U/C (North American) PlayStation®2 consoles only.
Xbox – Region Free:
Compatible with NTSC-U/C, NTSC-J, and PAL Xbox™ consoles.
Xbox – Region Locked:
Compatible with NTSC-U/C (North American) Xbox™ consoles only.
PSP – All North American games:
All games are region-free and are compatible with all PlayStation™Portable systems.
GBA – All North American games:
All games are region-free and are compatible with all Game Boy Advance Systems.
Nintendo DS – All North American games:
All games are region-free and are compatible with all Nintendo DS Systems.
Nintendo DSi – All North American games:
Games are compatible with North American Nintendo DSi Systems only.
Nintendo 3DS – All North American games:
Compatible with North American Nintendo 3DS Systems only.