Since posting this, Microsoft have announced that the Xbox One will be region free, read more here.
Sadly, it seems Microsoft’s new console will be fully region locked for games. We’re presuming this means all games will be region locked by default. Given that many high quality games are never released in Japan this makes the console a lot less appealing to expat gamers.
Coming after their announcing the lack of backwards-compatibility and the restrictions on second hand games it seems they now have the full set of anti-consumer practices in place for XBox One.
Hopefully PS4 will stay region free – if so it looks like it could end up winning the next gen battle before it even starts. If not, maybe Steam Box will offer a glimmer of hope!