China’s 12-year-long ban on games consoles (in the name of ‘protecting’ its young people) may finally be coming to an end; Reuters reports that Sony has received a certificate of quality from a Chinese safety standards body for its PlayStation 3 console.
The China Quality Certification Centre website showed two models of the PlayStation 3, labeled “computer entertainment system” received approval this July. All products must pass the safety standard before they can be sold to Chinese consumers.
Sony confirmed that it had received certification but remained tightlipped about whether this heralded an imminent entry for the PlayStation into the world’s second-largest economy or whether the company needed further certificates.
Representatives for China’s Ministry of Culture, which has regulatory authority over games consoles and initiated the 2000 ban, could not be reached for comment.
This year Lenovo Group launched Eedoo CT510, a motion sensing device that plays games similar in concept to Microsoft’s Kinect extension for the Xbox game console, by touting by Eedoo as an “exercise and entertainment machine”.
Despite games consoles being banned, gaming on PCs and mobile devices is huge in China. In 2011 NetEase, which operates Blizzard’s World of Warcraft in China posted revenues of 1.8 billion RMB for its online game services sector.