Tokyo Game Show Kicks Off; AR, 5G Tech in Spotlight

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Chiba, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Game Show 2019 kicked off at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on Thursday, featuring exhibits using the latest technology such as augmented reality and fifth-generation wireless communications.

The four-day game show, attended by some 650 companies, will accept visitors from the game industry and the media in the first two days and will be open to the general public during the weekend. Approximately 250,000 people are expected to visit the event.

Konami Digital Entertainment Co. is exhibiting a version of its "Winning Eleven" soccer game series that uses AR technology. The technology, employed in games such as the popular smartphone app Pokemon Go, is used to superimpose video game characters and other computer-generated content onto real-life videos and images.

NTT Docomo Inc. <9437> is hosting a smartphone soccer game tournament using 5G technology, allowing some 50 groups of players to face each other off at the same time.

Connecting this many players in a small area to the same Internet game would cause lags under conventional telecommunication networks, a critical shortcoming for titles that require speedy, responsive gameplay. NTT Docomo hopes to use the tournament to show off its 5G network, which is capable of quickly transmitting large volumes of data and thus can resolve the lag issue.

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