Over a decade after the Chinese government voted to ban all foreign video games and consoles, a temporary suspension of that ban has opened up the Shanghai Free Trade Zone to game publishers. Microsoft has already opened up Xbox One pre-orders in the region, but Sony stands to gain a lot more from the new market as polls indicate that PlayStation 4 is drawing over five times as much interest as Xbox One in China.
Sony Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida recently addressed the company's plans to release in China as part of the quarterly financial report. Yoshida stated that he recognized that a competitor had launched in China first and that Sony still intended to follow suit. However, he revealed that Sony has not yet decided when PlayStation 4 will launch in China. It looks like there's one region where Xbox will have a head start.