The news is that China is likely to remove their 13 year console ban, but they have a small demand. Foreign firms like Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft must make their products in Shanghai’s new free trade zone. Even with the reported likelihood, there’s a lot of paperwork to be sorted out. Games need to be censored. They don’t want them to be too violent or politically sensitive for young people. While these games have not been available in China, gamers have still found their way to play them through the Black Market and pirate disk shops.
A spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong said: “We recognize that mainland China is a promising market. We will continuously study the possibility, but there is no concrete plan at this stage.” Meanwhile, Ralph Haupter, the chairman and chief executive at Microsoft Greater China, told the Post last month that the company was working to address the legal requirements to enable the release of its new Xbox One console on the mainland.
Fortunately, Premier Li Keqiang, wants to make the Chinese economy more open to the rest of the world and to make its currency more widely used. But there are still no promises.