China Finally Lifting Ban on Gaming ConsolesWe may have an influx of new gamers coming soon, thanks to a change of heart by those heading up China's Communist party. Gaming consoles, which have been banned in for sale in the country, finally seem to be making their way back in.
The news broke when an eagle-eyed reporter for Engadget Spanish noticed that the Playstation 3 had just gotten China Compulsory Certification, the first step needed to sell an electronic good like that in China. Considering that the console is still technically banned in the country, that's an interesting development. Not as interesting, however, as the fact that the Nintendo 3DS XL is slated to launch in December. As in, actually launch.
Now, the 3DS is a casual console, so many saw its legalization as a promising step in the right direction, but only a step. The Playstation 3 is a full-fledged console, however, and there is little anyone can say elsewise. For it to go on sale means a complete reversal of the policies China has had enacted over the last decade.
For Sony and Nintendo, this is a goldmine. Both the model of Playstation 3 and the 3DS are outdated devices, both skirting the realm of replacement with something more modern, but this is their chance to sell them as if they were new again. China is a whole new market, at least outside of the black market, and they will lap up whatever goods the game console manufacturers pour their way.
An interesting note is that both companies are Japanese. The Chinese have become increasingly cautious about employing Japanese technology as public opinion of the island nation swung towards the negative.
Of course, the Chinese government still hasn't commented on any of this. I expect we won't have any proof that they have changed their minds until it has suddenly always been the case.