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Microsoft is taking a year off from the Tokyo Game Show

Japan's big Tokyo Game Show is coming up in September, but this year Microsoft Japan has decided to bow out, leaving Sony as the only major platform holder expected to showcase its wares at the event.

Japan's big Tokyo Game Show is coming up in September, but this year Microsoft Japan has decided to bow out in favor of alternate "preparations to deliver the latest Xbox news to fans and media."

That quote comes courtesy of a public statement made by Microsoft Japan's Masayuki Inoue, which was reported by Famitsu and translated by Gematsu

This is chiefly notable because Microsoft Japan has had a presence at Tokyo Game Show for some time; last year's showing was particularly bombastic, as the company launched Xbox One in Japan shortly before the 2014 Tokyo Game Show. However, the console went on to see dismal sales in the region following its launch.

By bowing out this year, Microsoft leaves Sony as the only major platform holder expected to showcase its products at Tokyo Game Show, an event that Nintendo has historically skipped.

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