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Sony pushes back PlayStation 4 console release date in China

Sony is facing issues ahead of its PlayStation 4 console launch in China, and has pushed the release date back
By: Michael Hatamoto | Gaming Consoles News | Posted: Jan 8, 2015 5:47 pm

Sony has confirmed it is pushing back the expected Jan. 11 launch date of its PlayStation 4 game console in China, and must deal with "various factors" that caused the rescheduling. The Japanese electronics company plans to initially file for 30 game licenses with the Chinese government, and begin expanding its software offerings inside of the country.

 

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Both Sony and Microsoft face long-term issues selling their consoles in China, as PC and mobile gaming have become more prominent - and the Chinese government has strict censorship rules in place, so it's possible leading titles in the US and European markets can't be sold in China.

 

The Chinese Ministry of Culture, the regulatory body responsible for video game content, is never in a hurry while approving licenses for foreign video games that will be sold inside of China. It is suspected for the Microsoft Xbox One launch also being pushed back, as there are restrictions on video games that have extreme violence, political content, or otherwise seen as profane.

NEWS SOURCES:In.reuters.com, Thenextweb.com

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