PS4 and PSV launches in China on January 11 Quote:
Sony has dated and priced both the PS4 and the Vita for China, with Andrew House indicating that "services and experiences" would be on offer as well as software.
The PS4 will be priced at RMB 2,899 ($468, £299, €377) and the Vita at RMB 1,299 ($209, £134, €168). Both will be available on January 11. Black and white versions of both machines will be available.
"PS4 is expanding at the fastest rate in PlayStation hardware history, and the global gaming community is enjoying the ultimate entertainment experience only available on PlayStation," said House. "We are delighted that we are able to fully launch our business in China, which is a market with great potential. We look forward to delivering exciting software, convenient services and entertainment experiences only possible on PlayStation to the many gamers in China."
Previously, Sony revealed that it would be preparing around 200,000 units of PS4 a year for the Chinese market, although that number would be closely tied to demand.
Despite a relaxation of the trade regulations which have kept both Microsoft and Sony from marketing their consoles in China for the last 14 years, both companies can expect to still face considerable hurdles from the Chinese censor, which is notoriously difficult to appease. It's certainly unlikely that any game which paints a negative picture of China, such as Battlefield 4, or games which are replete with violence and criminal activity, like GTA V, will ever be allowed to be distributed there.
Games cleared/slated for PS4 in China :
- Knack's Adventure (localised name for Knack)
- LittleBigPlanet 3
- King of Wushu (MOBA with exclusive PS2 game characters(?)) (PS4)
- Mr Pumpkin's Adventure (Chinese indie game) (Vita)
- Warframe (PS4)
- Shadow Blade : Mirage ( Slide-scroller ARPG ) (PS4)
- Thousand 'Devil Lady?' Change ( Card Game) (Vita)
- One Tap Hero (Vita)
Foreign 3rd-party games:
- FFX/X-2 HD (PS4/Vita)
- Trials : Fusion
- Rayman : Legends
- Dynasty Warriors 7
And also a slew of other games incoming like Chariot, Velocity 2x, Fluster Cluck, Mercury, Robonauts, Kingdom Under Fire II, etc.
Very surprised at the pricing. PS4 and Vita will be cheaper in China than in the UK and the rest of europe
PS4's also around $130 cheaper than the Kinectless Xbone.
There are also 26 Chinese third party studios on board so hopefully we get something good out of them. King of Wushu seems to be the best out of the current titles.
FFX remaster will also be released there as sole posted and hopefully Ultra Street Fighter so that China can officially get into the scene.