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Submitted by Abriael 227d ago | news

Sony Explores Promising Chinese Market, Nintendo has “No Plans” for China, No Comment from Microsoft

The Central Government of the People’s Republic of China finally lifted the ban on foreign game consoles a few days ago, and many are wondering what the big three console manufacturers will do and whether they'll jump to the chance of a promising and enormous untapped market or not. (3DS, Microsoft, Nintendo, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony Computer Entertainment, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Update Update: a different spokesman from Nintendo said that the company is "studying what it can do" in China.

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XiSasukeUchiha  +   227d ago
Sony Chinese domination confirmed, hopefully Nintendo explores the chinese market soon!
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Nero1314  +   227d ago
Chinese people don't like Japanese people lol
True_Samurai  +   227d ago
No no stop let him live in his fantasy world lol
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NewMonday  +   227d ago
maybe the ultra nationalists, but as far as trade they are very close.

the VitaTV is perfect for China at $100
scott182  +   227d ago
but Chinese loveee Americans. /s
No console maker will have an easy time there.
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My_precious  +   227d ago
same for 'murica's product, you just underestimated the mind of communist ppl
worldwidegaming  +   227d ago
The chinese will hack the console to hell.
They should know better.
-Foxtrot  +   227d ago
Wenis  +   227d ago
The average Chinese person simply cant afford a PS4 or any game console. So I doubt there will be any 'domination' for years to come until their wages get higher.
UltimateMaster  +   227d ago
So PS4 will be the first to test the waters and see whether or not there is a potential of growth.

Nintendo and Microsoft will look at Sony and see what fails and what succeeds.

Either way, Sony will need to increase production of PS4s, if they start in China, they'll be a lack of units here in the US and they'll loose the race in North America.
bothebo  +   227d ago
@NewMonday

Thank you for an intelligent comment that is actually true about foreign policy between Japan and China.
fenome  +   227d ago
Either way, that's a huge sum of the world population that just got open to console makers. It's a damn good place to test the waters as far as statistics go, even if 75% of the population resisted and 25% were feeling rebellious (for lack of btter term) that would still amount to 54, 227,702.5 consoles sold. Yes, that is an actual statistic, I just looked it up and figured it out :D

What happens when a kid can't have chocolate his whole life until he's a teenager and has to hear everyone talk about it 'till he's a teenager? He's gonna pig-out
sckipt  +   227d ago
Well they dont like americans also so MS got screwed there
Wenis  +   227d ago
I don't know why my comment is getting disagrees. The average wage in China is only about $6000 USD a year or $500 a month. How can one afford a $400 PS4 making only $500 a month and having to pay for food, rent, etc.?

Of course there are a lot of people making more than this, but the actual market of people who can afford to buy an expensive item like this in China is still a lot smaller than most people assume.
scissor_runner  +   227d ago
Confirmed the ps4 will be the first console fully hacked...
badz149  +   227d ago
@Nero1314

you ignorant kid. they don't like America too.

but to think back about it, they might actually "like" America better, that's why data from the Security firm in the USA stated that there are multiple attempts of cyber attack to America from China everyday!

http://www.computerworld.co...
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dredgewalker  +   227d ago
@Wenis
I didn't disagree but the chinese do use credit cards too. China has a huge potential in the gaming market since it's an almost untouched frontier for gaming consoles. I also find it odd that people here are saying that the chinese hate anything japanese when the manga and anime culture there is thriving.
Clarence  +   227d ago
Chinese don't like Americans either. Also some Sony products are manufactured in China.
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RedDevils  +   226d ago
but they love Japanese made product, ask any Asian they would preferred Japanese product
dmitrijs88  +   227d ago
who takes China, will dominate the world!
shivvy24  +   227d ago
lol, but true
AlbertaSPatel   227d ago | Spam
Ps4Console  +   227d ago
This market is for Ms to take with the huge conflict going on over Senkaku islands in the East China Sea & there is also anti Japanese felling over trade as well & conflict over China letting off missiles in the South China Sea all the time .

Anyhow within a year it will be copied the consoles will like they copied BMW , Toyota ,
Apple , just a few there but much more & there is nothing anyone can do , they even have apple shops that are not Apple but have done a great job though Apple have signed a deal with China just to try & open there own stores to get some money back but it means nothing I would stay away honestly .
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DC777  +   227d ago
I will bet with very low income the 3DS will be huge there.
Thunderhawkxbox  +   226d ago
Do u really think chineses people will buy jap product ? Nope they won't they hate japan and their product
There's a lot of cultural resentment toward the Japanese but you can't assume the people won't buy their products. I have a friend from Beijing and she absolutely loves anime. I can really see Japanese games being huge there.
Batnut00  +   227d ago
All I can do is wish them luck in a country dominated by PC gaming and rampant piracy.
FamilyGuy  +   227d ago
These were my exact thought. Even though China is huge, population in the billions huge, but are they will to buy legit?
Concertoine  +   227d ago
Thats what i was about to say lol. Its so rampant nintendo themselves released that one console there exclusively, where it probably flopped.
Tru_Blu  +   226d ago
Good luck getting Cheohotz Sony
Naga  +   227d ago
"No comment from Microsoft?" It's old news that they have been working partnerships within China to develop there... There was even talk of producing an entire new console solely for the Chinese market through a Chinese company.
Abriael  +   227d ago
They didn't offer a comment specific on the console market. The partnership is not for importing consoles to china.

And "talks" are just talks.
Naga  +   227d ago
I understand that there has been no specific comment on the part of Microsoft with regard to importing the Xbox One, but the inroads they have been making elsewhere is indicative of a very clear intent to have involvement in the Chinese console industry. I'm almost positive you are aware of the story I'm referring to, but in case it slipped by:

(Forbes, along with other publications, ran an article in September about the new partnerships and projects. N4G won't let me post the link from my phone...)

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding you?
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MultiConsoleGamer  +   227d ago
You are correct. The Chinese Xbox has been in development for some time. 360 already ships to Hong Kong and Xbox One will hit later this year.

I wonder if the author bothered to actually contact Microsoft? And if he did, would MS give an honest answer to someone working for a playstation site?
ZainreFang  +   227d ago
I'm not trusting a spokesperson, those guys are always wrong about things. Did you know that a Nintendo spokesperson/representative said Wii U is 19x as powerful as PS3? I'm just gonna wait for what Iwata has to say on January 29th.
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bigboss1990  +   227d ago
Didn't know consoles were banned in China lol bit harsh :-\
blackblades  +   227d ago
I said the same thing few years ago, I think it been ban like 10 years now. That's why you see a lot of bootleg versions of sony systems over there.
KonsoruMasuta  +   227d ago
I remember one trip I had to China.In a shop, I remember seeing a console that had a striking resemblance to a PlayStation One, but it was called a FunStation. I thought it was hilarious.

They also have a funstation 2 and 3, which also closely resembles the PS2 and PS3.
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Lukejrl  +   227d ago
It is interesting to note that nationalist Japanese call the Chinese "their dirty cousin". I am not making that up nor am I trying to promote the idea, but business ventures by japanese in china are often fought against by both sides. There is also a great political debate about who caused a massacre in some war. I forget the details but they are not the greatest of neighbors, even though they come from very common heritages.
T2  +   227d ago
The common consumer doesn't care about b.s..like this... otherwise we would avoid buying Chinese products to support the largest army on earth, which many argue we should...
For real numbers look at cars, electronics, etc. FACT - Chinese people buy Japanese and American products. FACT - there are 2.billion people in China... doesn't matter if 1 billion live in poverty, there could easily be 100 million wealthy people in China which would still be more than in the USA...
So yes this does matter but whether they are into consoles remains to be seen
Lukejrl  +   227d ago
I wasn't saying they don't but that relations make business partnerships more strained.
Japan invaded China several times and did a lot of horrible things to the Chinese. What makes the Chinese less forgiving, in general, is that unlike Germany after WW2 Japan never took responsibility or apologized. It's never acknowledged. That being said, the newer generations in China don't let that stuff get in the way of their purchases.
Lukejrl  +   226d ago
You would be correct in that I minimalized the seriousness. I forgot the specific incident and wrote it down half hazardly. Sorry for the insensitivity.
Benschachar  +   226d ago
The Rape of Nanking is more than "some massacre". Sorry to be pedantic but good grief that came off really badly. You might as well have called the holocaust "some trouble in Germany".
Lukejrl  +   226d ago
Sorry hit the wrong reply, see above thank you!
stragomccloud  +   227d ago
That's really stupid of Nintendo.
Ck1x  +   227d ago
I think pirated games are the biggest fear factor when China comes to mind... Nintendo makes most of their money from software sales and would probably take the Chinese market more serious if they retrofit a special 3dsi model only for China that has no cartridge slot and plays and downloads games exclusively through the eShop!
CAB1802  +   227d ago
China os the most populated Country in World, this could've definitely belp the Wii U sales
kewlkat007  +   227d ago
The console business is dependent on "Software Sale". Who cares how many hardware you sell if the attach rate sucks balls.

Software Sales + China usually doesn't go hand in hand because of Pirating. Only DRM can fix that problem.
SpinalRemains138  +   227d ago
A billion screaming Chinamen on PSN?

Oh heeellllll Nooo!
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   227d ago
I can only laugh at such a possibility.XD
Chrisgamerguy  +   227d ago
It may be smart to release a small amount of systems after they make sure the more important market are secured
MultiConsoleGamer  +   227d ago
http://mobile.geek.com/game...

^Microsoft is already working on a console just for China. This was old news covered by many different sites.

China has also received the Xbox 360 months ago and will get the Xbox One sometime this year.

http://www.polygon.com/2013...

And just to bust all the fanboy nonsense, most people living in China are dirt poor, so the overall market is much smaller than the total population which is constantly cited by people whenever someone talks about selling consoles in China.
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T2  +   226d ago
Actually if u Google millionaires and such u find that China is top 5 in millionaires.. I'm sure they have millions upon millions of people who could afford a console.. whether they want them is another story
RPG_Lover  +   227d ago
Nintendo is already in china dominating
skoapple  +   227d ago
lol,wake up
RPG_Lover  +   225d ago
lol 3ds is the top selling platform in China
ZeoN  +   227d ago
Go crack a nut Sony.
mechlord  +   227d ago
China has a v ery lively black market for consoles, so i dont know how they can't afford a PS4. I live in South Africa where could say about the same and no consoles exist on store shelves.

People will buy the damned thing since the official prices will probably be lower than the black market prices.
TheSaint  +   227d ago
Quite a lot of racism in these comments.
worldwidegaming  +   227d ago
Add sexism and a host of other things they would never do in public...
Blacklash93  +   227d ago
China's laws and regulations are very inconsistent and wishy-washy. They often go back and forth on a whim, espcially where non-secular and foriegn-related matters are concerned. Just because the console ban is lifted right now, doesn't mean it can't easily change in a matter of weeks because that does happen.

It's kind of hard to call it "promising" considering that. It's uncertain, if anything. The economic class division is also massive, so it's hard to tell just how much lasting potential there is in this market to begin with.
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worldwidegaming  +   227d ago
Business for the Japanese in China is like a fart...
it all depends on which way the wind is blowing and who is doing the farting...
Ps4Console  +   227d ago
To be honest they don't like each other & the new conflict over the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea Both claiming sovereignty over the Islands & the bit of trade they do , do Chinese leaders have called to stop it completely .

This market is for Ms Sony have no chance neither does Nintendo China & USA are the biggest trading partners in the world with export & imports each very friendly when it comes to money .
TheLyonKing  +   227d ago
even if just 1% of the chinese middle and upper class buy a console that is still a huge number for Sony, MS and Nintendo to work with but I suspect with such a growing number of wealthy middle class chinese I see no reason why there won't be an EASY 10-20 million sales within the chinese market.
Ps4Console  +   227d ago
Read my comment above Sony have no chance in China it has gone so bad that Chinese leaders want to completely not trade with Japan at all , America & China are the biggest traders with each other so the Xbox One will do well there .

They are at odds over the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea both claiming sovereignty of the Islands so they are very anti Japanese so Sony have no chance of doing well there & they are more Pc even when the ps2 was out there it didn't sell well there at all to be honest .
theshredded  +   227d ago
Vita tv would do pretty well there
skoapple  +   227d ago
wrong
skoapple  +   227d ago
i am a Chinese.
i am sure that sony will rule China。there is no way Nintendo can win.
xbox? e.....may be better than Nintendo
Linchpin  +   227d ago
The political and business climate in China has a great deal of uncertainty... It is a massive risk hence the hesitations but Good luck to Sony though.
BlueEye  +   227d ago
Why should Microsoft care about anything other than America.
And Nintendo anything other than Japan.
Accept Sony as your lord and savior.
Nabbic  +   226d ago
Nintendo would be stupid to ignore China.
Given that many of them have low wages, they'll not care about high end hardware and will want something cheap and cheerful. They've had a ban on videogames, so graphics will be the last thing on their mind, anything will look amazing.

If I were Nintendo, i'd release the Wii and DS in China. Very cheap production costs, large library, you could sell it off cheap to the Chinese public and make a fortune out of it.
FanOfRootBeer  +   226d ago
Billions of heretofore underprivileged (in the case of the games industry) consumers, just waiting to spend money? China is a serious demographic, and Nintendo and MS would be wrong not to expand their market.
raga2502  +   226d ago
Some of these comments are beyond stupid.

I don't live in China, I am not an expert in the Chinese economy....so yeh lets get into a debate about how who the Chinese hate the most...Japanese or Americans...silly silly.

The consoles are probably all produced in chinese factories...so the shipping cost is greatly reduced...and even if a small proportion of the middle/upper classes purchased a console could still reach upwards of 10million sales.
uckitsay  +   226d ago
The consoles have always been available in china. It's just a "grey market" there are shops and malls and things
dkgshiz  +   226d ago
Chinese hate the Japanese. Especially with the current situation with the Senkaku islands. Not to say they like Americans that much more.
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