It looks like Sony has gained approval to launch the PlayStation 3 in China, a country where games consoles are technically
According to reports by Techinasia, Sony's Playstation 3 has received regulatory approval in China, with authorities granting the console a "China Compulsory Certificate" (CCC), which is “a compulsory safety mark for many products imported, sold or used in the Chinese market”. It was issued to Sony in July of this year, and is valid through to 2016.
However of course, the machine has yet to formally materialise.
Game consoles are technically banned in China, thought they’re sold quite openly as grey-imports from other countries.
China implemented its console ban in 2000 to protect the nation's youth - and in doing so created a grey-market for games consoles and arguably encouraged piracy.
Consoles can be sold if labelled as home entertainment devices, which, with its Blu-ray player and various online services, the PlayStation 3 is anyway.
Microsoft has never released the Xbox 360 in China. Similarly, Nintendo has never released the Wii, although the company does sell other hardware in the country under the iQue brand.
Sony first launched the PlayStation 3 in Japan nearly six years ago.