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Sony delays PS4's Chinese launch

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The PlayStation 4 is still headed to China, but it won't arrive next week as originally planned, Reuters reports, quoting a statement from Sony that cites "various factors" for the delay.

Sony announced the original Jan. 11 ship date last December. A source told Reuters that "negotiations with Chinese authorities" was partly to blame for the delay. Sony has not announced a revised launch date for the PS4 console in China.

Video game consoles were banned for 14 years in China, but changes to Chinese law last spring paved the way for hardware releases. In the wake of those changes, Microsoft and Sony announced plans to bring their hardware to the country.

Last September, just before its scheduled launch, Microsoft delayed the Xbox One's scheduled Chinese launch to allow for "a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for our fans."