Sony has announced their plans to release PlayStation 4 in China, after Microsoft revealed a similar move for Xbox One.
A month ago Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would launch in China this September, after the country’s government lifted its 14-year ban on imported consoles and video games. Microsoft said that they are working with China’s BesTV to bring the Xbox to the People’s Republic of China, making it the first gaming console to be sold in the country since 2000.
Like Microsoft, Sony will partner with a local company to launch their new console, Shanghai Oriental Pearl Culture Development (OPCD). Sony’s new partnership with OPCD will create two new businesses: Sony Computer Entertainment Shanghai which will look after software sales and be mostly owned by Sony itself, and Shanghai Oriental Pearl Sony Computer Entertainment Culture Development, which will manage the hardware part, with Sony as a minority owner.
Even if these are exciting news for Chinese gamers, China still has some pretty strict content rules that require every game to be approved before it can be sold. Gambling-related content, anything that violates China´s Constitution and anything that will harm China´s reputation, security and interests will not be allowed.
A launch date for PlayStation 4 in China hasn´t been announced yet!