The PlayStation 5 will officially be sold in China before the second half of the year.
Sony's Chinese arm has announced that the PS5 will be made available in the country at some point in the second quarter (March-June). The news was revealed in a Chinese New Year greetings video.
As pointed out by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, Sony actually got hardware approvals back in December, for both the standard PS5 as well as the Digital Edition. Sony is currently working on getting software approvals.
The PS5 can, of course, be purchased in China today. However, those are imported units from Japan and other regions, and exist in a grey area. When the PS5 officially launches in China, it will have its own PlayStation Network, separate from the one used by the rest of the world.
Beyond that, only the games approved by Chinese regulators will be permitted to go on sale, a similar arrangement to the one Nintendo currently has with Switch. All that said, this is already a faster launch compared to the PS5, which debuted in the country about a year-and-half after its worldwide launch.
Sony China has confirmed that it plans to officially launch the PlayStation 5 in Mainland China during Q2 2021.
Tatsuo Eguchi, the president of SIE Shanghai and Soeda Takehito, the vice chairman, confirmed the new today in a special Chinese New Year greetings video. pic.twitter.com/nhFzbZQTGx
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) February 8, 2021