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PlayStation goes to China in January with Western devs and dragon paint

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Sony Computer Entertainment will bring the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita to China Jan. 11, the company announced today.

The PS4 will retail for 2,899 renminbi ($468.63) and be available in black and white models. The PS Vita will sell for 1,299 renminbi ($209.99) in black and white versions, too. Kotaku reports that limited editions will have dragon paint jobs.

According to SCEI, more than 70 third-party developers and publishers will deliver games for the system, including Chinese game developers. Well-known Western developers include Bethesda Softworks, CD Projekt Red, Disney Interactive, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros.

"PS4 is expanding at the fastest rate in PlayStation hardware history, and the global gaming community is enjoying the ultimate entertainment experience only available on PlayStation," said Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House. "We are delighted that we are able to fully launch our business in China, which is a market with great potential. We look forward to delivering exciting software, convenient services and entertainment experiences only possible on PlayStation to the many gamers in China."

Sony announced in May that it joined forces with Shanghai Oriental Pearl Culture Development to bring PlayStation to China. Earlier in the year, the Chinese government announced plans to lift its bans on video game consoles.

Microsoft launched the Xbox One in China last September.