China's console ban is over
China has now officially and fully lifted its console gaming ban, allowing systems such as PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U to spread their reach into the gamer-rich and potentially lucrative market.
The Wall Street Journal reports that China's Ministry of Culture released a statement this last week that explains companies like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo can now manufacture and sell anywhere in the region.
This is a big step up from the previous conditions, under which console makers could do business only in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
“This is great news for us," a Sony spokesperson said.
The Xbox One launched in China in September 2014, with the PS4 following in March 2015. Nintendo has not yet announced specific plans to bring its consoles or games to the market.
China enacted its console ban in 2000, blocking the sale of systems over concerns about potential harm to the physical and mental development of children.