China originally banned foreign consoles in 2000 citing concerns that violent games could have a detrimental effect on the mental health of young people. Since then, an illegal "grey market" has thrived where consoles can be bought at massive discounts.
The lifting of the ban was seen as a lucrative opportunity for the likes of Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft to enter China's gaming market, which generated revenue of $14 billion in 2013, according to China's game industry body.
But analysts were unsurprised that Chinese authorities had intervened in Sony's PlayStation release.
"It is not at all surprising that they would face some hurdles, particular at the start of a new era for video-gaming console makers not locally based in China," Heloise Thomson, gaming analyst at Enders Analysis, told CNBC in a phone interview.
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"Despite lifting the ban on the sale, authorities will definitely have a hand in censoring and regulating the content of the games."
Despite concerns over censorship, Sony said it had been "closely collaborating" with the Chinese government and business partners.
This is not the first time a console maker has had to delay the release of a product in China. Microsoft had to postpone the release of the Xbox One by a few days, but was unclear about the reason.
The PlayStation delay comes at a time when Sony is attempting to turnaround its entire business and is relying on its successful gaming division to keep on delivering.
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