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If the managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia is to be believed, the practice of region-encoding games will likely be abandoned for the PlayStation 3.

Michael Ephraim states: "If you look at the fact that it [i.e., the PS3] will support high-definition TV, which will be a global standard, there's a good likelihood that it will be global region, as for example we've done with the PSP (PlayStation Portable)."

Should the PS3 follow in the footsteps of its handheld brother, games should be available to play in any region, bolstering Sony's case that mod chips are a tool for piracy. We'll wait for an official announcement from Ken Kutaragi before accepting this theory, but if adopted, game importing will get a lot easier in the next generation of consoles.

[Via Evil Avatar]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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