Digital downloads region-free?

I wonder if digital downloads are also region-free. For example, if you live in Germany, Dead Rising 3 isn't available. Am I able to buy it from another web store (e.g. Austria) and download it on my console? That would prevent me from having a disc at home.
 

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Yes digital downloads are region free. A friend of mine from Australia sent me his Fifa14 code via text message and it works flawlessly

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I'm not sure. FIFA 14 is available everywhere but DR3 isn't available in Germany (it neither appears in the web store nor via Xbox One nor at retailers on disc) because of the missing USK rating.

I know I can buy and play it if it's on disc from another country but I wonder if that's the case with digital downloads as well.

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No, I don't think you can. I purchased LEGO Marvel Super Heroes from the website yesterday, and didn't notice that I was on the US site (I'm in Australia). The game has not started to download, nor is it visible on my console — hopefully once the game is released later this coming week it will appear, otherwise that will have been a costly mistake!

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No, you cannot do that. I know that profiles/consoles get banned on 360 for switching regions or creating accounts set to other regions in order to get games that would not normally be available to them. If you have to access a marketplace in another region to get a game, then it is likely to result in a ban or suspension for marketplace fraud. Sorry.

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Reference: This verified post in the 360 forums on changing regions for purpose of getting games unavailable to actual region. (thread)

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So i bought Dead Rising 3 in the Store and the Game wont show in the Dashboard. I live in Germany. So my money is waste???.

I though games will not have region lock and are drm free?

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Please stop scaring people if you don't know what you're talking about. So if I'm from Switzerland (the Xbox One isn't available here) I'll get banned because I download something from the (e.g. Austrian) Xbox Store? Sure 👀.

Let me quote Albert Penello (Microsoft director of marketing):

"You can use one of the 13 digital marketplaces corresponding to our launch markets, assuming you have a valid payment instrument for those countries. Lots of people in Europe specifically travel, move, and visit family," he continued before slyly adding "Now, of course, if you were using Pre-Paid cards..."

www.eurogamer.net/.../2013-08-15-microsoft-explains-how-xbox-one-importing-could-work

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In addition to the Eurogamer reference, game discs for the Xbox One console are not region locked. Each Xbox One console is manufactured for a specific region, following international standards, so the Xbox One console can only play Blu-ray discs and DVDs that are sold in the same region as the console unless they Blu-ray/DVD is not region coded. So games should be good to go but movies will not. Source. Hope this helps!

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Its very generous to leave codes on the forums, but its against the rules, as someone can use it

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I will be the one to ask lol. Whats that code for?

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