If you own an Xbox 360 and happen to travel out of the country now and again, or spend time perusing some of eBay’s international sites in search of deals, you may have asked yourself the following question:
“Will a PAL game play on my NTSC Xbox?”
The short answer is yes, but the long answer contains a few caveats.
When playing an Xbox 360 over a hi-def connection using HDMI, Component, or DVI cables, the game’s encoding format really does not matter. However, if you are playing a game using a standard definition interface, the encoding does matter – you must buy the proper game for TVs used in your part of the world.
Additionally, to play a “PAL” game on an “NTSC” console, the game must be listed as “Region Free”. This means that the game has not been coded in such a way that it is locked to a particular part of the world. It also helps to ensure that the game contains the proper information for your language as well.
So in the event that you find a Region Free, PAL version of a game you really want, you are playing over a hi-def connection, and the game specifies that it has English language tracks, go ahead and buy that import disc – it should play just fine.
*Disclaimer: This is information that I have been told by reliable resources. Your mileage may vary.