The PS4 and PlayStation Vita will officially be launched in China very early next year.
Sony will release the machines on January 11th priced at CY 2,899 (299) and CY 1,299 (134) respectively. The PS4 will include a 500GB HDD and controller while it appears the Vita will only include the 1GB of internal memory and not an additional card.
70 third party publishers and developers are on board to deliver content to the region, with a handful of Chinese titles having already been confirmed – King of Wushu (Suzhou Snail Digital), Mr Pumpkin Adventure (Shanghai Youju) and One Tap Hero (Shanghai Kena).
Chinese companies Modian and Shanghai Oriental Pearl Culture Development will be at hand to support Chinese devs through the process of producing PS4 games in the region.
A number of Western devs are signed up to the Chinese program, too, including EA, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros, Disney, Bethesda, Codemasters, CD Projeckt, Focus, Halfbrick and Nordic Games.
PS4 is expanding at the fastest rate in PlayStation hardware history, and the global gaming community is enjoying the ultimate entertainment experience only available on PlayStation,” SCE president and CEO Andrew House said.
We are delighted that we are able to fully launch our business in China, which is a market with great potential. We look forward to delivering exciting software, convenient services and entertainment experiences only possible on PlayStation to the many gamers in China.”
Xbox One, which launched in China back in September, costs CY 3,699 (380) for the vanilla version and CY 4,299 (443) for the Kinect SKU.