About buying a PS3.
I'm on the verge of buying one, but I'm really worried about region coding... on the chance I move back to the UK/US, will I still be able to use my PS3?
What about buying or getting downloadable games? (I want my Mortal Kombat 2, Final Fantasy VII, and Megaman 8 fixing). Do I need to register in my home country (USA) or the country I'm living in (RoK)?
Any help would be grreatly appreciated.
ok so registering for PSN is a little tricky when it comes to international settings.
here's the skinny from what i understand.
PSN is divided by region, so north america, europe, and asia. then those regions are in some cases broken down further (this is mostly for server access in asia since it is so big) - so asia is broken down into china, korea, japan.
when it comes to registering for PSN in korea you are required to submit your personal ID# (not sure on what that is called), basically it's like a social security number, a number that is given to everyone at birth (this could be why PSN is taking so long to get back up here, if that information was exposed).
Basically what that means is that you cannot register for a korean PSN account UNLESS you know a korean / have a korean significant other that is willing to sign up for one for you.
now part 2:
when it comes to downloading games and content off of PSN, this too is based on region, which is determined by where you signed up for PSN. so if you have an american PSN account you get access to american content, european european content...asia is where it gets a little odd.
(please correct me if i'm wrong!!!)
from my understanding sony doesn't have strong footing in korea or china so if you have a korean or chinese PSN you get access to japanese content only. i do not think that korea and china have their own individual content servers BUT I COULD BE WRONG.
so the short answer to your question.
if you want to download and have access to american content on PSN then you must register an american PSN account. (should've just said that instead lol).
yes you should be able to use your ps3 if you move back to the US however you will need an adaptor for the plug...or a converter box, i'm not 100% on whether you need to worry about downconverting voltage for the ps3.
the only thing that i'm not sure about when it comes to buying international games is if patches are specific to region. For example, you buy an asian copy of Fallout New Vegas (a game that was badly in need of patches at launch, and still is from my understanding), as time passes patches are released. now i'm unsure if those patches are region specific, i know they are rolled out individually by region but i'm not sure if that access is governed by where you're accessing PSN from, your PSN account region, or the game region itself. if anyone knows that would be cool to know.