PlayStation, Xbox could come to China after ban on foreign consoles is lifted

China’s State Council has temporarily removed the ban on the foreign video game consoles. It is done so because it is trying to make a way for firms like SonyCorp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the market of $14 billion.

“The suspension of the 14-year-old ban permits “foreign-invested enterprises” to make games consoles within Shanghai’s free trade zone and sell them in China after inspection by cultural departments”, the government said in a statement posted on its website on Monday.

China banned the console gaming in 2000 because there were many adverse effect on the health of youth. But the games were available illegally in the market. The internet cafe were full of crowd waiting for their turn for online gaming.

There is not any clear indication by the council of the suspension’s duration. It has not also provided the requirement for the foreign-invested enterprise.

Also, no government official was not available for clarification of ruling.

Nintendo, who is the manufacture of the Wii console, told the Reuters that the ruling has changed a little after the information of the removal of the ban.

“This just means one step of the process has been taken,” said Yasuhiro Minagawa, Nintendo’s Japan-based public relations manager.

The game market of China has grown 38% from 2012 to reach 83.17 billion yuan in 2013,according to the data released at the annual China games industry conference in December.

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  1. Unlike the Xbox One, Sony’s PS4 comes without the traditional brick power supply freeing up a load of much needed room on my desk.
    It’s been available to buy for over a year, so the people really interested probably own it already.

    News sources credited to Games Press, IGN, and

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