Chinese Government Considering Lifting 13 Year Ban on Game Consoles

consolesIn a move that would have a dramatic effect on the global console market for Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft particularly in a year that could seeĀ  a new Playstation and Xbox console joining last years Wii U, rumours have surfaced that the Chinese government is considering lifting a ban it imposed on videogames consoles back in 2000. At the time of the ban authorities made illegal the sale and import of games machines because of the potential harm to the physical and mental development of the young. In a report by the English language daily newspaper, China Daily, according to a government source, the government is now reconsidering that stance on consoles.

The source was quoted as saying:

“We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some surveys and held discussions with other ministries on the possibility of opening up the game console market,” the unnamed source says. “However, since the ban was issued by seven ministries more than a decade ago, we will need approval from all parties to lift it.”

There are also rumours that both Sony and Microsoft may have anticipated a lifting of the ban with Sony recently opening up a branch in the Guangdong province in south China, which it uses for “training, research and development”. Towards the end of last year Microsoft released its Kinect motion controller in China solely for medical and educational purposes.

Source: Pocket-lint

Reporter: Soulfinger

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