Sony Delays PlayStation 4 Launch in China

Sony Delays PlayStation 4 Launch in China

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The original launch date of January 11th has been scrapped.

The gamers of China will have to wait a little longer for new-gen hardware.

Sony announced today that the launch of its PlayStation 4 console in China would be delayed beyond the original January 11th launch date. The reasons, according to Reuters, are "various factors," leaving a decided lack of pinpoint on the situation.

The delay could be related to the red tape that traditionally comes with launching product in a new market -- China or otherwise. Sony has said it's working with the Chinese government to get 30 PS4 titles approved for release, along with its AMD-powered console hardware.

While no new release date has been set by Sony, the delay could be shorter than expected. As GI.biz points out, the Xbox One had a similar trajectory in China last year -- a set release date, a delay several days before launch -- before hitting store shelves a few days after its original date.

China's relationship with gaming hardware has always been decidedly grey. While consoles were officially banned by the government for 14 years (a ban that was removed in 2014), buying such hardware (and its regulation) has never been much of a challenge.

The gaming industry in China, which is dominated by PC and mobile games, is estimated to be as large as $15 billion a year. The PS4, whenever it does launch, will sell for roughly USD $485.

Source: Reuters UK

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Something tells me since it is so close to its release date that the issues are probably just some supply hiccups and maybe the People's Ratings and Review Board for the Good of the People's Democratic Republic of China is doing one more scan though all of the content to make sure there's no ancestor being disgraced and what not.

Though, I can see why the Chines government is adverse to letting consoles back in, despite them being more locked down than PCs. Not exporting a unit means less money stays in the country, since it's a Japanese company that owns the console IP and there aren't as many (if any) Chinese developers and publishers working on games for the new systems. There's also the little issue of them having to (well wanting to) scrutinize every title that wishes to be sold in the country for anything that undermines their agenda.

I'm sure this has absolutely nothing to do with China's backing of North Korea.

 

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