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Sony’s PS4 Hits China

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While the Chinese consoles are physically identical to those Sony sells worldwide, users will have no access to music, TV shows or movies, and a library of just six games approved by authorities. 

That compares with almost 200 titles on Japan’s PlayStation Store. Chinese players won’t have Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto, the top-selling games last year, according to VGChartz.com.

Sony and Microsoft – drawn to a market that IDC forecasts will reach US$22 billion in 2017 – are entering China after Beijing lifted a 14-year ban. 

The PS4, which increasingly uses cloud-based gaming services such as PlayStation Plus, must also contend with China’s “Great Firewall” of Internet controls, as well as restrictions on violent, sexual and political content.