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Sony explains lack of playable PS3 games at TGS

A Sony Computer Entertainment executive has gone on record to explain why there were no playable PS3 games at this year's Tokyo Game Show - despite Ken Kutaragi's previous promises.

A Sony Computer Entertainment executive has gone on record to explain why there were no playable PS3 games at this year's Tokyo Game Show - despite Ken Kutaragi's previous promises.

Speaking to Famitsu magazine, Masatsuka Saeki said that Sony could have presented playable demos if wished. However, the decision was taken to use video footage only since TGS marked the first time the PS3 was being shown on Japanese soil.

He went on to explain that Sony wanted consumers to feel the same level of impact that those in the industry experienced on seeing the PS3 trailers at E3. Saeki did concede, however, that allowing visitors to actually play the games would have created more of a buzz.

He also revealed that Metal Gear Solid 4 footage was added to the trailer line-up at the last minute - Sony had originally planned to present a video similar to that seen at E3, showcasing mainly European titles. The MGS4 footage was added to the reel after it was received by SCE in late August.

Saeki declined to comment on a release date or price point for Sony's next-generation console. However, he did reveal that the company is not likely to make a decision on pricing until very close to launch.

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