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Report: Sony Plans To Enter Chinese Market With PlayStation 4 This Year

A new report indicates that Sony is preparing to join Microsoft in the Chinese market. The company could ship up to 200,000 PlayStation 4 consoles into the China Pilot Free Trade Zone annually, beginning this December.

Bloomberg reports on a filing, since confirmed to that publication by Sony. Though according to the Sony spokesperson as reported by Bloomberg, the 200,000 unit number is not fixed and could vary.

Microsoft launched the Xbox One in China on September 29, reportedly reaching 100,000 units sold in the first day. Microsoft and its local partner, BesTV, are said to be targeting 1 million units sold in the first twelve months.

We’ve reached out to Sony for more specifics on its plans to enter the Chinese market. We’ll update should we receive a response.

[Source: Bloomberg]

 

Our Take
Now that the console ban has been lifted in China, this is the right move for Sony. The company is suffering financially, with gaming as one of the few bright spots. There have been over 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold worldwide, and breaching the most populated country in the world opens up an even larger, untapped audience.

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Report: Sony to ship 200K PS4s to China by December

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Report: Cyan Worlds’ Myst To Make The Jump To Television

Cyan Worlds’ Myst series stands out as a seminal point-and-click franchise. Myst’s mysterious worlds are tied together through books that transport the reader to different locations.

Deadline reports that Legendary TV has signed a deal with Cyan Worlds to create a television show based on the franchise, which was introduced in 1993. The Myst games allowed players to explore, solve puzzles, and uncover the story at their own pace.

Deadline’s report also suggests that there will be a tablet app tie-in with the series, though it’s not clear if that will be a game or a second-screen experience.

Reports of a Myst movie emerged in 2010, though that project never materialized. That film was based on a trilogy of books based on the games.  

[Source: Deadline]

 

Our Take
Myst isn’t the first place I’d expect a television company to look for an adaptation, but it does have potential. The titles have a mysterious quality that is engaging, while not being so strictly defined as to limit what could be done on the small screen.

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Report: Microsoft Sells 100,000 Chinese Xbox One Units In First Day

Microsoft seems off to a strong start in the Chinese market. The company’s partnership with BesTV has reportedly yielded early success.

According to Chinese news site 17173 (and translated by Kotaku), Shanghai Media Group (BesTV’s parent company) has revealed that more than 100,000 units were sold to customers in the first 24 hours. Microsoft and BesTV are targeting sales over 1 million in the first twelve months.

Xbox One was released in China on September 29, with Microsoft entering the market after a twelve-year ban on foreign consoles. The ban, which was originally instituted to protect children from alleged bad effects of video gaming, was lifted in January 2014. 

[Source: 17173 via Kotaku]

 

Our Take
With the Japanese gaming market transitioning in significant numbers to mobile, home consoles need a boost in Asia. This new market opens up a new, largely untapped market for Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo that could make significant difference to all three companies. In turn, this could open up new software opportunities exported from China.

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