Chinese gamers that have been anticipating the arrival of Sony’s PlayStation 4 console will only have to wait just a little bit longer. Sony officially announced today that the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita will be available on Friday, March 20.
Sony had originally settled on a January 11 launch date for its consoles, but was stymied by Chinese government. "The government asked us for final adjustments, which will take some time, so we decided to delay the launch date," said Sony spokeswoman Kaede Bun in early January.
With things now firmly back on track, Chinese customers can expect to pay 2,899 yuan ($463) for the PlayStation 4 and 1,299 yuan ($207) for the PlayStation Vita. In addition to a firm release date and pricing, Sony also announced that both gaming consoles will come with a two-year warranty.
The arrival of the PlayStation 4 marks the first time that Sony has launched a console within China. Some of the titles that will launch with the console include Dynasty Warriors 8, Rayman Legends, and Trials Fusion. The PlayStation Vita, on the other hand, will see additional titles including Final Fantasy X HD, Final Fantasy X-2 HD, and One Tap Hero.
In addition, there will also be a “Dragon Edition” of both consoles made available in limited quantities at launch. These consoles will come complete with special graphics painted on the exterior.
Sony recently announced that it has sold over 20 million PlayStation 4s worldwide since the console launched in late 2013. Despite a two-month sales surge by Microsoft’s Xbox One during the Christmas shopping season, the PlayStation 4 jumped back ahead in the monthly sales race for the January despite its higher price tag ($399 for the PlayStation 4 versus $349 for the Xbox One).