Joystiq: Sony is finally ready to take on one of the largest emerging markets in the world: China. A report in China Daily details Sony Computer Entertainment's plans on expanding into the Asian mainland.
aaaand Sony wins the console war.
Maybe, its quite the large market to enter. I hope the chinese enjoy gaming.
Yeah, but there's going to be about 5 total people as of now who can afford it lol. Anyways, whats up with the kid in the article playing ps3 in the bathtub.
Wenis You must not know Chine my friend, its not the same as it was a few decades ago, it is one of the fastest growing economies at the current time, along with India. Believe me, they can afford a PS3.
@wenis your kidding right? Have you been to the major cities in China?? Maybe you should go their, because their major cities are very westernized and their is a lot of money flowing through the country because of trade going on their.
@wenis... The problem is that china are more patriotic than many other countries (Namely USA), they have issues with buying things from Japan especially since the relationship between the 2 countries has been bad since the Japanese invasion many years ago...(1910 or something). It will be interesting too see how they Chinese react to getting the playstation there
but its made in China. ;) (Well, most of them)
Ever been in China lately? Electronics, e.g. real (!) cell phones cost more than in the west, and yet you can find them at every corner. Even if only 5% could afford that, it's 5% out of a billion. Quite some numbers. This "is made in China" argument is interesting. The only cheap stuff you can find in China is knock offs. And you basically find almost everything in these "corner stores" - except real phones. As soon as you hit a regular mall, the prices go up. Everything costs the same or more than in the west, especially cloth (you get the same branded-knockoff for a fraction somewhere else) but yet, people buy stuff there. I guess its something like a status symbol if you can afford to buy in the upscale shops or something. And yet, both, knock offs and branded wares are made in China. Mandufacturing costs on both are basically the same. Only difference is, one fall of the conveyor belt somewhere and the others leave the ware house by a truck...
Actually yes, I was kidding. I guess the 5 out of 1,000,000,000 people who can afford a ps3 joke went over your guys' heads.
1 billion potential costumers, lol and now thats its hacked you know that they will bite but they will probably start with the PS2(regaining its lead against the DS, lol)
"With a powerful anti-piracy function, the products are set to play a role in advancing the protection of intellectual property rights, he said." Sounds like they are exploring the hardware option in fighting the piracy. Plus, they didn't say anything about the PS3. This might be them talking about the PSP2 and that new Xperia phone.
and the next thing you know, china gonna come out with their own playstation. I don't know, google tried, apple tried (they even succeed in Japan which seem odd,), but i don't know, China seem to be a hard place to crack.
apple hasn't failed. Have you seen their Shanghai store??
actually i think you are right, apple is the only one so far seem to have some success, although china did come out with similar product.
China is the capitol of pirated media. Expect pirated PS3 games to be sold openly in the streets.
This is cool news. I wonder if this means there is a chance for some CRPG games. I have only played a few CRPG games before on the PC. So if Sony can get some cool CRPG's on the PS3 & PSP2 that would be great.
More players are always welcomed.I like playing with different people around the world.
It only does breaking down communist rules.
Best comment so far u deserve a bub.
:) I approve of Infernostew's comment. Bub+
China is only a communist country for people from the West. Yet, sure, I do not agree with the constraint their government puts on its people. And full democracy would be desired. Google works, but no Facebook? (but other services work just fine). My experience is that economically and socially (when you talk to people) I would not consider this a communist country. Like with every country the government can only reach that far. If it rules with oppression what develops is a social environment below a governing layer. It still has its communist touch - but I experienced this differently than what I did in our communist neighbors in the 80s when I was a kid. China is a full capitalist society - even though the government works differently. Heck, they even have a mortgage system to buy homes (subsidized so low income can afford homes) - something you would not expect from a communist country.
Hmm, would be cool but I'm thinking that china won't let their players mix with others. Maybe
This is nice indeed. China is known to copy of every phone/hand helds/ipad but their versions feel cheap compared to original. I think pretty soon more Chinese Game Dev. will flock to the console. It would be pretty nice to have a whole new era of games.
If I recall correctly the PS2 launch in China went horribly due to a huge amount of piracy, they'll have to cover their bases http://www.atimes.com/atime...
well could be very good news for playstation if things go right , i wont understand a thing they are saying when i play online with some of them but hey is no different now , i've played Motorstorm Pacific Rift on rooms full of french people or MAG with polish or russians i cant really tell and doesnt bother me at all either
They should start a marketing campaign with MMORPGs at the front.With DC Universe Online and the upcoming Agency,it looks like a good time to start
Many Android Smartphones an Tablets already are produced out of China..now with the Playstation platform also looking to get some form of Android Support..it's a great fit for Sony. Android OS with a Android Playstation Game market playstation Phone combined with Android market+PSN Android game developers out of China With Google support to add with Sony's low cost games with new online sales market for Sony in china!
Niiiice. If it's done right then this could be HUGE for Sony and PS3. I'm curious to see what their dev's can bring to the table, mores and more gamers = WIN
China is a very dangerous country when you talk about piracy. But the good thing about China is that its a huge population and so far they haven't been touched by this generation of consoles. Which means that if the PS3 releases in China it will be practically by itself and with a huge population you can imagine what could happen.
officially the market has'nt been touched, Unofficially(Black market) it has. Still expanding markets is always a good thing.
If they manage to do it more power to them. There are tons of people in China so it could be worth a try at least.
The way the chinese government works they may try to make their own videogame system so they can show the strength of china. If they have bullet trains, hackers, stealth fighters then whats coming next is a official chinese government console thats more powerful than ps3.
I thought consoles were banned in China ?
I was about to post the same question.
That is actually pretty cool.
For those who don't know, China has BIG BANK!! China has been buying America's debt for over a decade now. Apple, General Motors, Wal-Mart and several other American companies are doing very well in China. The only draw back is PIRACY!! China is the worlds foremost leader in PIRACY. They Seriously need to change their flag to the old Skull and Crossbones because it's that bad. The PS3 like everything else in China will be HACKED, REVERSE ENGINEERED, and KNOCKOFFS will be manufactured and SOLD using almost everything similar to the original company. China's COPYRIGHT LAWS are a JOKE! Companies know this but they figure that they can make huge profits despite PIRACY which is factored into a companies cost of doing business. PC gaming has had a strong foothold in China for years but mostly on a local level but more and more big name Developers are making games specifically for China like Crytek and it's Warface game.
This is not true. Yes there are knock offs. But there are also branded devices. One reason why there are knock offs is price, another one is simply that those devices were design for western customers (Chinese character support on things like iphone??). None of those knock offs really work. Lately they use better manufacturing to improve quality, but still... Where people can afford it, they buy branded goods. They knock off stuff, but they are also proud of their own brands - if they can produce one. But the milestone is western style quality; which in turn doesn't make those things knock offs any more but rather a competing product. I think after the wave of "we can do that, too" what's happening now is that the quality improves to actually compete with western style products. And those are not knock offs any more. Well, sure, how they gained that knowledge is a different story. Often through manufacturing western products I would think. A good example is Huawai (Chinese Telecom). From a capital standpoint, this company can compete with any western mega corporation. They build T-Mobiles Android line of phones (and sell them in China as their own). They have created their own game console already. Actually, a PS3 (or any other) would compete with them.
I'm not talking about Chinese companies that have their own patents and do the same thing as American companies but only operate in China. I'm talking about COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. Fake Air Jordans Fake Ipods Fake designer handbags bootleg movies Fake Rolex watches Chinese made AK-47's etc. It's not made or licensed by the original copyright holder or manufacturer but is a semi-exact duplicate of a product but not the quality. Example I've seen fake ipods, they look, function, use itunes, work with the same chargers as ipods and even have a Apple logo and say ipod but they are not made or licensed by Apple. The quality is poor and the control is not touch sensitive but is a 5 button type. This is a Knockoff and this is what I'm talking about. Apple wants these products to stop being made but have a hard time because China's copyright law is a joke.
I would just rate that into the category "just for fun". Ever had any of those devices? Nobody in their right mind would buy this and believe its actually an Apple (or whatever) product. It's not available outside of China (and importing is pointless). And I also think it's not taking away from Apples (chinese) market. Sure, petty they use the logo and branding. And sure you can say its fraud. But yet, it causes minimal damage to the original (especially sold in the west) product - since not available there. So, what, it plays with "western pride". But that's all this is about. The only thing worth buying is watches, TBH. But even those break after 2 month, lol. Yet, those big companies still make big bucks, despite those "clones". But maybe you'd want to explain (or expand) why the people who actually make those things in their own country can't afford those goods they actually make. That would be an interesting discussion. And makes me think who is actually ripping of who here.
@ Ju "I would just rate that into the category "just for fun". Ever had any of those devices? Nobody in their right mind would buy this and believe its actually an Apple (or whatever) product." Have I ever bought any of these products? NO because after inspecting them I knew they were FAKE. there is a "Bodega" (Convenience store) right down the street that sells these FAKE items. They're all made in China. You go in and buy some chips or soda, talk to the guy at the register and next thing you know your in the back looking at fake air jordans fake ipods Fake Louis Vuitton bags etc. I just don't understand where you live or your "Street Knowledge" that you don't comprehend FAKE merchandise being sold in the United States that was manufactured in China without the permission of the Copyright or patent holder.
Well, ...err, "back room" ... "United States". Sounds like a legal store...not. Not sure where you live, tbh. But if anything, I rate this as "dubious business practice in the US". And that for sure can be handled by legal entities (state side) - if you find out, or someone cares to prosecute. Doubt that is the big hitter to harm Apple, for example. It sounds like black market to me. Sure, you could blame China. Same like you could blame the US for selling all those weapons (and the French, and the Russian, etc).
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