Re: Can HKG Xbox 360 console play Japan region code game ?

One of my posts at "香港 (Hong Kong) 地區 Xbox 討論區" dated "04-20-2006, 7:31PM":

Yes. Xbox (1) did so and Xbox 360 does so as well.
But we have seen reports telling other stories, so I can’t give a final answer. Therefore I’ve put together a collection of information about this topic.

Official

Let’s start with the chart below, provided by Microsoft for the Xbox 360:

  • NTSC: North America (United States, Canada, and Mexico)
  • NTSC-J: Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan)
  • PAL: Europe, Australia, and New Zealand

You see, Hong Kong uses the NTSC-J encoding.

Below an excerpt from their Knowledgebase:

Xbox game discs only work with Xbox consoles that are sold in the same region.

For example, if you purchase an Xbox 360 console in North America, you cannot play game discs that are sold in Europe or in Asia. An Xbox 360 console that is sold in Europe can only play game discs that are sold in Europe, and an Xbox 360 console that is sold in Asia can only play game discs that are sold in Asia.

It is not possible to make an Xbox 360 from one region play discs that were produced for another region.

Quite interesting are these statements:

If this symptom occurs with only one or two discs, search the Microsoft Knowledge Base for the specific game title or titles. If you find a known problem, follow the information that is discussed in the article.

If this behavior occurs with only one or two discs, and no known problem exists, return the disc or discs to the retail store where you made the purchase.

If this behavior occurs with more than two discs, the console may have to be serviced.

If you have exchanged the disc or discs, and no known problem exists, we will continue to research the behavior.

A common mistake easy to be solved:

If this issue is only seen with Xbox version 1 games, it may indicate that the Xbox version 1 backward compatibility update is missing from the HDD. If this is the case, download and burn a copy of the backward compatibility update to a disc, and install the update to correct the issue.

Gamers

From the official Xbox HK Forum we have learned things such as:

  • "Dynasty Warriors 4 (NTSC-J / JAP) dont play on a Hong Kong console" (zombymonky)
  • Call of Duty 2 (COD2) "box says NTSC-J but the DVD says PAL" (Judge Dredd FU)
  • "Just dont buy it if it has Japanese writing on it. Look for Chinese characters or ask the shop is it a Japanese import before you buy." (Judge Dredd FU)
  • "If it says Asia, thats the Hong Kong version. Hong Kong is NTSC-J Asia (although some games are a label a little differently such as Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter – NTSC and Call of Duty 2 – NTSC-J on front of box; pal on back of bax and PAL on dvd). If it says japan/japanese NTSC-J then thats the Japanese version." (Judge Dredd FU)

Resources:

Official Xbox Forum (Hong Kong):

Wikipedia:

Microsoft’s Xbox Knowledgebase:

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