Tokyo Game Show Kicks Off, Highlighting PS4 And Xbox One

Category: Technology / Sep 19, 2013 1:56PM EDT

The 23rd Tokyo Game Show kicked off on Thursday (September 19) with 352 companies from 33 countries taking part.

All eyes were on Sony's latest upcoming console, the Playstation 4 with long queues of people waiting to get their hands on the company's next-generation console.

Sony Corp aims to sell 5 million PlayStation 4 game consoles in less than five months from a launch that will coincide with the release of rival Microsoft Corp's Xbox One.

Sony, for whom the PS4 is central to restoring profitability at its hardware operations, will start selling the console on November 15 in the United States.

The Xbox One will go on sale a week later.

PS4 sales in Japan will begin on February 22 while preorders totaled 1 million as of August.

Sony, like Microsoft, has extended its latest console beyond gaming by making it a living room entertainment hub controlling movie, television and internet content.

One of the games on show was Take-Two Interactive Software Inc's most lucrative franchise "Grand Theft Auto V."

The game is the fifth installment that became a focal point of debate about gratuitous violence and explicit content in the media.

Despite the controversy, GTA came out guns blasting with $800 million in global first-day sales.

The Tokyo Game Show will last till Sunday (September 22).

Video Credit: Reuters