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Sony’s PS4 Hits China With Few Games to Lure Players Away From Their Phones

Pedestrians walk in front of an advertisement for the PlayStation 4 video game console displayed outside the Sony showroom in Tokyo.
Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
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Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 debuted in China on Friday with few games and bare-bone online services as the company navigates tight censorship rules to get a toehold in the world’s biggest gaming market.

While the Chinese consoles are physically identical to those Sony sells worldwide, they have no access to music, TV shows and movies, and a library of just six games approved by authorities. That’s compared with almost 200 titles on Japan’s PlayStation Store. Chinese players won’t have Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto, the top-selling games last year, according to VGChartz.com.