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PlayStation 4 goes to China next week

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita will launch in China March 20, following a two-month delay and the further loosening of restrictions on console sales in the country.

The console will cost roughly $463 in the country, and the Vita will run about $207. The two devices retail for $399 and $199 domestically.

In February, China moved to open up sales of consoles beyond just its Shanghai free trade zone, which still was a large enough market to bring Xbox One to the country in September.

The manufacture and (legitimate) sale of consoles had been banned entirely in China for 14 years, under a policy China instituted to shield children from any corrupting influence of games.

Sony originally planned to launch its PlayStation devices on Jan. 11 but put those plans on hold when the Chinese government asked for changes to the launch schedule.

Nintendo has yet to reveal what plans, if any, it has for China, beyond a comment from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata that the company is looking into "emerging markets" this year.

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