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Tuesday, 17th September 2013

Gamers anticipate Tokyo Game Show

Gamers across Japan are gearing up for the Tokyo Game Show ( TGS ), which will feature presentations of the latest titles on top consoles including the Sony PS4 as well as dozens of independent producers.

But perhaps the most shocking attendance will be that of Microsoft, following the company's announcement that its coveted Xbox One won't make an appearance in Japan until 2014.

However, corporate vice president Phil Spencer said that the country's "soulful" connection to the gaming scene prompted the company's appearance.

"When I think about Japan and the history in video games … I think it's just a very kind of soulful place for video games and something that's important for us to always stay in touch with," he commented during industry commentator Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb's latest podcast. 

Despite the controversy, attendees of the event are in for a treat, with more than 180 exhibitors present at this year's TGS. Makuhari Messe halls one to nine will play host to the gamers from this Thursday (September 19th) until Sunday (September 22nd).

Written by Graham McPherson

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