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PlayStation 2 To Officially Launch In China 28

Thanks to GameSpot for their news article revealing Sony's PlayStation 2 will launch in China this December. According to the piece: "...the console will be sold in 10 official stores in four cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. CellStar, one of China's biggest mobile-phone companies, will be in charge of distributing the PS2, which will sell for around 1,400 to 1,500 yuan ($169 to $181), and will come bundled with three as-yet-unnamed games." Nintendo are launching the N64-based iQue in China before Christmas for around $60, making for potentially interesting sales comparisons.
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PlayStation 2 To Officially Launch In China

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  • Surely they have imported PS2 from the states/Europe/anywhere by now...right?
  • Why did they wait so long? PS2 has been out for at least 2 years right? BTW, theres no use in you people /.'ing the article, it says the exact same thing that the one on slashdot does. It's very short :)
    • Apparently there was a bit of a holdup because the Chinese government wasn't sure whether or not to classify it as a computer. I don't remember which way they ended up deciding.
  • This article [] also says that Sony will start producing PS2 in China as well as sell it. Also goes on to say something about a release date for the PS3 will be at the end of the year (2004 I assume). Interesting stuff
    • Encouraging illegal activity is a sure fire way to gain people's respect and promote your ideals. Right.

      Grow up. You make the most unenlighted posts ever. You must bathe in ignorance.
      • I suppose freeing slaves wouldn't "gain people's respect and promote your ideals" either, right? That was illegal then.
        • There's a difference between people and products. Just because you haven't been clever enough to create something that other people would buy doesn't mean other people don't deserve a reward for their hard work and creativity. I guess we should make a giant communist state and we can all get everything for free, and best of all, you'll obviously have earned the prestigious position of sitting on your ass. I don't see how THAT wouldn't fail.
        • <sarcasm>Yes, because we all know that a huge injustice is being done unto ideas by forcing them to work against their will.</sarcasm> Get fucking real.

          Slavery was morally reprehensible. Now, due to that fact, I would imagine I would have been against it then. However, hindsight is 20/20 and speculation is bullshit. But, there is nothing reprehensible about the concept of ideas holding value. In fact, I think it makes much more sense than saying they have no value. This is from experience
  • About time (Score:3, Funny)

    by RancidLM ( 723035 ) on Monday November 10, 2003 @07:13PM (#7438635)
    strange.. i thought every thing was made in China...
  • It'd just be so funny if Sony just decided to sell PS2 hardware and not distribute any games, knowing full well how rampant piracy is there. They might as well admit defeat, and bundle the PS/2 with their 4x DVD writer and some overpriced dvd-r media. At least try to get some profit while trying to get market insertion at the same time.
    • Seeing how you can run Linux on the PS2, and with enough units you can create a beowulf cluster with a medium amount of computing power, are we sure that China is full of people wanting to play games?

      Remember that the PS2 was banned from being exported to Iraq for exactly this reason. Maybe China needs some more computing power for their space program?
  • i always thought console companies made their money off the games and not the hardware, they should know that china has rampant piracy, does it really make sense for them to release the ps2 there?
  • I vote for total relaunch. Enjoy your Kessen!
  • No, the Sony execs aren't on crack. Well, okay, maybe they are, but not for this reason.

    The paranoiac in me sees this as an interesting ploy by some piracy advocate within Sony to get the world a better modchip. Most of them hover around $20-$30, and usually have more than 15 wires to solder to tiny little contacts, any one of which could turn your $179 console into a large black paperweight if done incorrectly.

    So, release the system in China, and inside of a week, a $5 modchip which requires 8 wires at
  • Since Nintendo is a singular entity, the article should read "Nintendo IS launching..."
  • funny you've been able to buy a PS2 in china for quite some time in the street markets. (weither it's officially liscenced by sony or not in another question) also funnily enough, this is around the price I see them for in the markets.. (of course, I am a forienger so the pricesmay be jacked up a little..
    long live the land of 5-10 dollar gba games.(and 2 dollar pc games) (now if only I could find them in english)

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