Sony kicks off Philippine leg of video game roadshow

Kyodo News

Posted at Oct 04 2017 01:01 AM

Japanese video game maker, Sony Interactive Entertainment, kicked off its video game roadshow in Manila on Tuesday, showcasing some of the latest PlayStation 4 game technology and titles.

Ian Purnomo, assistant manager at the Singapore branch of Sony Interactive Entertainment Hong Kong Ltd., said Sony wants to bring the gaming experience it offers closer to the public with the six-day event being held at the SM North EDSA Mall Annex in Manila.

"With the Play Everything Roadshow, we want to bring the PlayStation products and games to the masses," Purnomo said during the opening ceremony, noting that Sony gaming events throughout the Asian region normally focus on the gamer community.

The video game event, which runs through Sunday, features a plethora of games including platformer Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, basketball simulation game NBA 2K18 and car racing game Gran Turismo Sport, the latter of which is set to be released on Oct. 17.

Yet-to-be-released rhythm game Taiko No Tatsujin is also among those playable at the event.

The PS4 Virtual Reality Headset and some virtual reality-exclusive games like its first person shooter-role playing game Farpoint and simulation game PlayStation VR Worlds are also among the highlights of the event.

The video game roadshow, which was held in Singapore late last month, is also set to hit Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand this year.

At the sidelines of the event, Purnomo told Kyodo News that Asia is one of the fastest-growing markets for Sony's PS4 console, of which more than 50 million units have been sold since it was released in 2013.

"Countries like the Philippines and Indonesia, we see have a bigger potential to grow (the market)," he said, contrasting that with the U.S. and European markets, which he described as already "mature."