XBox without country code
The American online shop Play.com will soon be selling a tool that allows the country code of DVDs to be circumvented on the Xbox. According to the provider, the tool called DVD Region X should not require any changes to the hardware. The tool will be available in early April for around 33 euros.
J. Allard, Xbox General Manager at Microsoft, confirmed in an interview with GameSpot magazine that there are three country codes for games, each for the regions of North America, Japan and Europe. Furthermore, publishers will be given the opportunity to bypass country codes, which Microsoft does not recommend. Much more they want to encourage to publish the games separately in all three regions.