jcsm, you also forgot to mention that China is also the second largest PC market in the world, as well as the second largest cell phone market in the world. In fact, China is poised to take over Japan as the second largest world economy in less than 20 years. It would be stupid of Sony to NOT release their console there officially while Nintendo gobbles up all the market share with their iQue. Also, just because Sony is releasing the PS2 in China doesn’t mean people aren’t playing PS2 there already, it just means that Sony is releasing an official version for the region. Besides, I don’t think anybody would buy a PS2 at such a high price, not because people can’t afford it, but because they can import it from other places (i.e. Chinese / HK shops like Lan-Kwei and Lik-sang, among countless others) for much less and essentially for the same product. By the way, I think Sony is targeting the more “developed” areas of China, namely the coastal (non-rural) areas. You’d be surprised how much money people make there. In fact, the cost of living in China’s coastal areas rival that of Tokyo, Japan. You are talking more about the entire nation’s averages (including rural areas) that of course would not apply here (they probably don’t even have electricity there, let alone know about PS2s, etc.) On a final note, I am very curious which games are to be released. If they are already PS2 greatest hits (i.e. Devil May Cry) here in the US, then I would understand the 20 dollar price. If they are releasing games that just came out in the US (not likely) for 20 dollars (i.e. Legacy of Kain or XIII), then I guess we would be overpaying for games big time here. Oh yeah, and jcsm: just a tip for next time, hit the edit button at the top left of your post instead of double posting.
[edited by skyline311 on 29.11.2003 02:02]