Why do game companies region lock certain consoles and handhelds?Weegy:
This has a little history behind it.
In ye olde times, before the advent of newer tv sets, there used to be this complex display system.
In the Americas and Asia, televisions could only display a maximum of 480 lines with them refreshing at a frequency of 60 times per second (60Hz). This is the NTSC system.
In Europe and Australia, tvs displayed 540 lines, but at a lower frequency (50Hz). This is the PAL system.
The French, being French, had their own system, called SECAM.
Thus, all devices (game systems, video players etc.) had to be manufactured specifically for their region, so that they may send signals that could be recognized by the tvs they were connected to.
All this became obsolete with newer CRT tvs and all LCD/TFT tvs can display all of these signals without problem. Handhelds game consoles, not constrained by such silly display problems were always region free.
However, companies really don't like you importing games from other regions. Especially games they will release later on your own. Thus we come to the sad present where we have region-locked handhelds. Because how dare you import a game you will never get to play you filthy peasant?!? (sarcasm)Auto Answered|Score 1Weegy:
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