How to Play NTSC Games on the PAL Xbox 360

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How to Play NTSC Games on the PAL Xbox 360
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Though the Microsoft Xbox 360 console is not region-locked, many game developers opt to include region coding within the games themselves, which renders games playable only on Xbox 360 consoles with the same country of origin. Fortunately, a handful of games have been released that lack any region-specific coding and can be played on any Xbox 360. There is currently no legal way to enable every game from all regions to be played on a single Xbox 360.

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Things you need

  • Xbox 360
  • Television Set
  • Controller
  • Any desired region-free game

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  1. 1

    Select and search out whatever game from the NTSC region you are interested in playing. Reference to view a colour-coded list of what games are playable.

  2. 2

    Shop for the desired NTSC game online. Shipping costs between countries can raise the price considerably, but buying used games from reputable online retailers can help offset those costs.

  3. 3

    Insert the NTSC game disc as you would any PAL disc and play the game.

  4. 4

    Set the television set's video settings to 60 Hz if the controller seems unresponsive.

  5. 5

    Seek out an NTSC Xbox 360 if you find that the game you are interested in is not region-free. Make sure that you have a television set and power outlet that can accommodate the NTSC Xbox 360.

Tips and warnings

  • Do your best to ensure that games are in good condition before buying them online.
  • Modifying your Xbox 360 voids your warranty.

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