China Finally Lifts Ban on Foreign Consoles, but it’s Only Temporary
Yesterday the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China finally lifted the ban on foreign game consoles that had been troubling Chinese gamers for quite a while. The relaxation of local regulations has been labeled as temporary, even if potential deadlines have not been shared.
In addition to this, a more widespread adjustment has been made to the legislation related to the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, easing existing restrictions for “the establishment and management of foreign-invested enterprises and Chinese-foreign joint ventures in the zone,” even if approval from the government will still be required, as reported by Xinhuanet.
This could potentially allow Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo to actually manufacture their consoles within the Chinese borders without having to go through third parties like Foxconn, possibly reducing long-term costs.