The PS3 Gets Certified in China, Which Might Mean No More Console Ban

Video game consoles are available throughout China. Officially, they are banned. But that might be changing. According to this China Compulsory Certificate document (via Sina Weibo and TechinAsia), Sony was issued a compulsory safety mark necessary to sell products in China.

The document originally surfaced on Chinese social networking sites, but can be searched in the official China Quality Certification site (Chinese language).

Don’t take this as confirmation that the PS3 is definitely launching in China. It is an important step, however.

China has long had a ban on the sale of video game consoles, a ban spanning back to the year 2000. The full reasons for such a ban is heavily debated amongst pundits, but the official reasons were along the lines to protect Chinese youth from wasting away playing video games. Kotaku has a published articles about China’s gaming ban.

Many domestic companies have tried to skirt around the console ban by marketing their products as something more than just video games but due to the prevalent gray market sales of mainstream video game consoles these products often flounder. The Lenovo backed CT-510 was one example.

While China does have a ban on consoles, this didn’t exactly stop all international players from releasing consoles legally in China. Nintendo released plug and play controllers with Nintendo games as well as the core of it’s mobile systems in China through a joint venture with a Chinese partner called iQue. Sony had released the original PS2 in China under the guise of it as a computer.

What’s most interesting about the Chinese PS3 right now is that the models carry model numbers that do no adhere to the traditional markets, as well as power specifications for China. The model number at question is “CECH-3012B :220-240VAC 50/60Hz 0.9A”. Further analysis of the application forms for the CCC shows that this PlayStation was manufactured and produced by Hongfujing Precision Electronics located in Yantai. Hongfujing is a subsidiary of Foxconn.

All of this seems to coincide with Sony’s establishment of a Sony Computer Entertainment company in Guangzhou, Sony SCE GD in June of this year. The application and issuance of the CCC for the PlayStation 3 was approved in July. If everything goes according to plan, the PS3 might actually go on sale in China by early 2013.

@A9VG电玩部落PlayStation频道 [Sina Weibo via @Chassit via TechInAsia] 大陆行货PS3有望!产品已通过国家质量中心认证 [Sina]


    Kinda ironic that they're happy to make all the consoles but not allow them to be sold.

    Well Sony have to try to make money SOMEWHERE. lol

    Massive news. PS3 will now become the best selling console of this gen. The new super slim will have it in the hands of even the lower end of the Chinese middle class, of which there are a few hundred million.

    Cracking the Chinese market would be massive for Sony. Wonder if there'll be some regional restrictions on it?

    I rekon they'd probably just start selling the Asian versions of games that already exist.

      Because the Chinese speak Asian right?

    If consoles are legalised in China, Microsoft are more likely to benefit than Sony due to the prevalence of "copy game" (excuse my Chinglish). If Sony wants to crack the Chinese market they will may need to make PS3s easier to hack. I do not support piracy but the prices of authentic games are well beyond the means of most Chinese. That said if you are one of fortunate Chinese who can afford to pay nearly 3000RMB ($460AUD - or a month's wages for the average Chinese) for an illegal PS3 you can probably afford games. An aside: I have asked some local dealers in Beijing how much the Wii U will be and they said anywhere between 4000-6000RMB ($615-$920AUD), available mid December.

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