Why it's impossible to track console sales in China
Earlier this year, Sony announced it has sold 670,000 PlayStation 5 units in mainland China – but the actual install base is almost certainly much higher.
Like individual video games, consoles must be approved for release in China. For decades, home consoles were banned in the region but since 2015, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have been able to release versions of their devices to one of the world's biggest games markets, albeit often with restrictions on features and content.
The 670,000 sales announced by Sony – originally announced during an investors briefing in May, and reiterated around the news that Sony is expanding its incubator for Chinese developers – will only encompass the officially released model.
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