Sony said on Wednesday it would offer 27 playable games for its PlayStation 3 at the Tokyo Game Show next month, a sign of progress in critical software development ahead of the November launch of the latest version of its blockbuster game console.
Sony, which competes with Microsoft and Nintendo in the global video game market,
offered 13 playable PS3 software titles at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)
trade show in Los Angeles in May.
Having a wide range of popular software at the time of the launch is considered
crucial for success in the game console market.
Any indication of how the upcoming console could fare is closely watched, as the
success or failure of the game machine would exert a far-reaching impact on Sony's
At stake is not just pole position in the nearly $30 billion global video game
industry, but dominance in next-generation DVDs and the commercial viability of
Sony's Cell microchips, co-developed by Toshiba and IBM.
Playable games at the Tokyo Game Show, which will run from September 22 to
September 24, will include such titles as Ridge Racer 7 from Namco Bandai Holdings
Inc. and Capcom Co. Ltd.'s Devil May Cry 4.