China Lifts Ban on Consoles
For about 15 years, it has been impossible to buy a videogame console in China, as they were made illegal due to the Ministry of Culture fearing they would have a negative impact on children.
The wheels were put in motion to overturn the ban a couple of years ago and it is now finally official – consoles can go on sale in China.
Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft are likely going to be jumping at the chance to expand into such an enormous market, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Microsoft tends to not do well in Asian markets, but it is possible that the past relationship between China and Japan could lead to potential gamers leaning towards Microsoft’s products instead. The fifth game in the Halo trilogy (huh?), Halo 5 will bring Spartan Locke into the fray to share top billing with Master Chief. Regardless of whether or not you feel the series is getting a little bit stale these days, the Halo games can still be relied upon for some decent shooting action, plus the expanded mythology is worth getting into for fans of that sort of thing. This is a big one for Microsoft though, as Xbox’s killer franchise is aiming to set its stall out and win back some disillusioned fans.