Kinect latest games tech to be banned in China

Tuesday, 13th July 2010 11:02 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Microsoft’s confirmed that Kinect won’t be going on sale in China this year. Or at any point, for that matter.

Microsoft’s COO in China, Michel Van Der Bel, said that the tech was the latest to fall foul on a government notice from June 2000, where the Ministry of Culture banned gaming equipment in the country.

A couple of consoles from Nintendo have managed to go on sale in the region, but 360 and PS3 are both banned.

Van Der Bel didn’t state if Microsoft had any intention of challenging the decision, but insisted it intends to cooperate with the law.

Microsoft showed off Kinect at E3 last month, with a November 4 US launch confirmed.

No price was mentioned, but that’s expected to be confirmed at gamescom next month, along with European launch plans.

Thanks, Gama.



  1. Crysis

    pathetic, fking dick-tators

    #1 5 years ago
  2. mington

    If the xbox360 console has always been banned in China it would kind of make sense not to sell a peripheral for it :P

    #2 5 years ago
  3. cookiejar

    ^ Just what I was thinking.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. alimokrane

    Why on earth are gaming consoles banned in China??

    #4 5 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    @4, the Chinese “government” controls all media it’s “citizens” have access to.

    Games are a medium it’s difficult for them to censor since they can’t go in and take out the bits they don’t want people to see so they just outright ban it.

    Bit like Australia.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. amirmir

    All consoles are made in china, but they can’t use what they made.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Crysis

    @5, nothing like australia, we kinda HAD that with R18+games, & the governments considering going through censoring the internet, but we are very much like most European countries in how we are set up

    #7 5 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    @7, I reckon the similie is justified on what you’ve listed without mentioning your governments stance on literature it deems inappropriate.

    It may be less extreme, but censorship of that level is all about taking the right to choose and decide from the people and handing it to the government.

    Bit like China.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. GitForceGemini

    @6, It’s a sick world we live in, but in the case of Kinect I think they got a lucky break.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Moonwalker1982

    I didn’t know it was that bad in China, holy crap. All China?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    Probably. Apart from maybe Hong Kong i’d assume.

    #11 5 years ago

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