The reasons for the sudden delay
in the launch of the PlayStation 2 in China have finally been made clear and do not involve, as was previously assumed, any issues with piracy or pricing.
Instead it has been revealed that the PlayStation 2 contradicts a specific Chinese law, laid down by the Chinese Ministry of Culture, which prohibits the import and sale of games consoles. Sony officials are reportedly trying to have the console reclassified as an ‘entertainment device’ or the law repealed in its entirety.
Nintendo’s iQue device, which was successfully launched last year, avoids the law since it is manufactured and sold solely in China.