It’s not common knowledge, but China has had a ban in place for gaming consoles in their country since 2000, with the aim of protecting the well-being of its younger citizens (which is weird because a large number of gaming consoles and their components are manufactured in their country, resulting in very healthy gray and black markets for the consoles). However, there are signs that the ban may be lifted soon, since the Playstation 3 has recently received a certification of quality from a Chinese safety standards board.
The China Quality Certification Centre now has two models of PS3 “computer entertainment systems” listed as approved – a status any product must achieve before being sold to Chinese consumers.
A Sony rep has since decided to stem any further rumors of the company entering the Chinese gaming market:
“This does not mean that we have officially decided to enter Chinese market,” Sony spokeswoman Mai Hora said. “We recognize that China is a promising market so we will continuously study the possibility.”