Sony has delayed the release of the PlayStation 4 in China, just days before its scheduled release of January 11, 2015.
In a statement released today, a Sony spokesperson confirmed that there were “various factors” behind the delay.
Whilst a new release date has yet to be determined, a company source advised Reuters that negotiations with the Chinese Authority were part of the reason for the delay.
The release of the console would be the first by Sony, following China’s decision to lift a 14-year ban on foreign console sales.
This isn’t the first delay to hit a foreign console, with Microsoft falling victim to the same fate back in September. Luckily this particular delay was short lived — with the Xbox One launching just six days later than originally planned.
It seems strange delaying the launch so close to release, but this feels very much like history repeating itself. Hopefully the delay will be as short as it was for the Xbox One.