Report: China May Lift Video Game Console Ban
January 28, 2013 2:28 PM
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For China to lift the ban on consoles, though, all seven ministries that issued the ban have to approve it
After banning video game consoles for over a decade, China is considering a lift. The consideration came after
Sony's PlayStation 3
obtained a quality certification from a safety standards body in China late last year.
"We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some surveys and held discussions with other ministries on the possibility of opening up the game console market," said the
as it quoted an unnamed source from the Ministry of Culture.
For China to lift the ban on consoles, though, all seven ministries that issued the ban have to approve it.
China banned video game consoles in 2000 in an effort to protect the physical and mental development of children in the country. However, it seems a bit odd to keep the ban on video game consoles when mobile and online gaming remains so prevalent in China.
Back in 2009, China
banned online games
that promoted gangs and gang violence.
Now would be a particularly good time for a lift on the console ban, considering the number of new devices expected to be released by the likes of Microsoft and Sony. Sony recently said the
PlayStation 4 unveil
could come in May 2013 (or sooner) with specs like a custom chip based on
A8-3850, a quad-core 2.9GHz processor and a 1GHz graphics card with 1GB memory.
Hardware details for the
next-generation Xbox console
, which is expected to launch later this year, have also leaked. Some specs include a processor with x64 architecture and eight cores running at 1.6 GHz; a next-generation Xbox GPU, consisting of a custom D3D 11.1 class unit running at 800 MHz with 12 shader cores and 768 total threads; 8 GB of DDR3 RAM; 32 MB of fast embedded SRAM; a 6x Blu-ray drive; gigabit Ethernet; Wi-Fi; Wi-Fi Direct; a Kinect multichannel echo cancellation hardware chip, and cryptography engines for encrypting and decrypting content.
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RE: If all the consoles are x86, could we see cross platform games?
1/29/2013 3:53:28 AM
Won't happen, simple cross-compatibility goes against the XBox. They want to sell consoles and accessories while making license fees from
every single game
On the PC their only guaranteed profit is a single Windows license per gamer, that's it. Enterprise is more profitable than consumers in that space anyway, so even that locked in sale doesn't mean very much to them.
Just look at what Microsoft did for PC games, they shut down all of their PC exclusive publishing (ACES, Ensemble, FASA) and had their other developers go XBox exclusive without a Windows port (Remedy's recent port of Alan Wake seems to be the one big exception).
In the mean time they let Valve and other companies run away with services for the PC. Well,
they did, Games For Windows Live is a complete disaster.
Fortunately we have Valve and Blizzard keeping the non-console side viable. Windows just happens to be the platform PC gaming happens on, but gaming clearly hasn't been a priority for Microsoft. Maybe Gaben has been on to something hedging his bets with OS X and Linux.
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