Pre-orders for the PS5 have just opened in China, six months after the console launched in the US and Europe. The first deliveries will begin on May 15, 2021. The version with Blu-Ray reader will be offered at 3,899 yuan, or € 496.
As the saying goes, better late than never. Pre-orders for the PS5 have just opened in China, nearly six months after the launch of the next-gen console in the United States and Europe. Sony has just made the news official this Thursday, April 29, 2021, and according to the manufacturer’s instructions, the first deliveries will begin on May 15, 2021.
Regarding the prices, the prices will be similar to those practiced in France in particular. The version with Blu-Ray player will be offered at 3899 yuan (496 € after conversion), while the PS5 Digital Edition will be displayed at 3099 yuan, or Approx. 394 €. By announcing the imminent arrival of the PS5 in the Middle Kingdom, Sony is tackling its main competitor: namely Microsoft and its Xbox Series X.
However, the Japanese manufacturer should not maintain its lead indefinitely, Microsoft having received at the end of 2020 all the necessary authorizations to launch the Xbox Series X and Series S on the Chinese market. It is therefore only a matter of time before the two machines also make their entry.
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A handful of games available at launch
As this market is subject to particularly strong censorship, many games will not be available at launch. The players will thus have to be satisfied with Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Rachet & Clank: Rift Apart and Genshin Impact in its optimized PS5 version. The Playstation Plus Collection will also be cut off from several games, in favor of securities more “adapted” to this market as Final Fantasy XV, Gravity Rush 2, HellDivers, Horizon Zero Dawn, Journey, The Last Guardian or Little Big Planet 3. Exit Days Gone, The Last of Us Remastered or God of war.
Contrary to what one might think, the Xbox Series X will not be the main competitor of the PS5, but rather the Nintendo Switch as explained by the specialist of the Chinese market Daniel Ahmad in the columns of the CNBC site. “The Playstation 5 will face competition from the Nintendo Switch in mainland China, which has been the best-selling console in the country to date. (editor’s note: 1 million consoles sold in January 2021). The hybrid nature of the Switch, high quality social gaming features have contributed to its success in China ”, he specifies.