Sony confirms official launch plans for PlayStation business in China


May 4, 2013
A few weeks ago Microsoft announced plans to start selling the Xbox One console in China from September, Sony have now confirmed their own plans for the market.

The announcement has been made after Chinese authorities relaxed the country's ban on selling foreign game consoles in the country which had been in place since 2000. The ban had been imposed to protect children against the harmful effects of certain types of game. Despite now opening the door to console sales, there will still be exhaustive restrictions on what kinds of games companies will be permitted to sell.

GamesInAsia reported last month, authorities have forbidden any games that promote obscenity, drug use, violence or gambling; that “harm public ethics or China’s culture and traditions”; that “harm the nation’s reputation, security or interests”; or that fall under a range of other broad restrictions.

Sony will be partnering with a Chinese to manage the manufacture and distribution of the devices. They are creating a joint venture with Shanghai Oriental Pearl Culture Development (known also as OPCD).

Sony have not yet given a date as to when this venture will launch in China though it's safe to assume it will happen before the end of the year.

Source: Following Microsoft, Sony's PlayStation business officially enters China