Kazuo Hirai steps down as Sony Computer Entertainment chairman

Father of the PlayStation stepping down from SCE roles, but will remain president and CEO of Sony Corp.

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Sony Computer Entertainment announced recently on its executive appointments briefing that Kazuo Hirai will be stepping down from his position of representative director and chairman of the division. He will now be participating as a member of the board in a part-time fashion.

Kaz Hirai is stepping down from his major SCE roles, but will still be involved.

On the official report, the new representative director as well as president and group CEO for the division will be Andrew House. Hirai will remain president and CEO of Sony Corporation.

Kazuo Hirai joined Sony Computer Entertainment in August 1995. Since then, he has played a vital role in Sony's success with the original PlayStation console and the PlayStation 2.

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nima_metal90
nima_metal90

sometimes these changes turn out to be a good thing for company, lets see what sony will do in nxt 3years

zinoalex
zinoalex

A true gentlemen and a true visionary. He knew what consumers want ed before THEY knew what they wanted. And that was the beauty of the PS2 and the PSX.

  The PSX opened doors to gaming like no one else did at the time. That was Kaz. I worked at Sony for 5 years and they were good years. But his were better. Here's hoping the best to you Kaz!!

  Many continued successes are wished to you!

Jebril
Jebril

The dude had some of the most embarrassing moments at E3, he's probably glad he doesn't have to do that anymore. RIDGE RACEERRR

Gjinckxs85
Gjinckxs85

Hey KAZ! You want to make something appealing to the consumer? Hire me!

MelodicMizery
MelodicMizery

hey waka hakaha zuki before you leave fix the ps network, you guys sell 7gig and 14gig games yet your fkn network is so slow and caps the download speeds that all the games install CORRUPT i been trying to download the free full games this month for 3 WEEKS, 3 WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO YOU KNOW HOW IRRATATING IT IS HAVING A 50M DOWNLOAD BEING CAPPED AT 10M DOWNLOAD AND DOWNLOADING A GAME 23 TIMES AND IT STILL NOT WORKING!

buying1999
buying1999

ROFL. I don't blame him for distancing himself from the disgraceful game machine impersonating overpriced internet ready blu ray player, the flop ps vita, and the PSN security scandal. Good move, Hey I hear they're hiring at Nintendo!!!!

 

The Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made. --John Carmack

 

wdma
wdma

SONY I Make . Believe :)

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Not all that surprising given he's got the Sony top job. And well done to House for getting the top PlayStation job.

caketoo
caketoo

He totally botched the whole outage thing and put alot into the vita which is meh at best. All I'll say is its about time. Maybe now he can focus on selling 3D tvs nobody wants, and thats why sony loses BILLIONS of dollars, yet this guy still keeps his job, amazing.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I hope its not health-related (*flashback to Steve Jobs*), and its just part of the internal management shuffle going on within Sony right now.

blackace
blackace

That didn't last long. So he's not going to have any say in the gaming division anymore? That doesn't sound good considering how much money they've been losing money.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Wow, I hope this is not a bad omen for Sony. 8-\

Vodoo
Vodoo

Who was the guy they wanted to get rid of because he cost Sony millions with the failed launch of the PS3? I am only referring to the first year the PS3 was on the market, when it was $600. I thought it was this guy?

PS_Family
PS_Family

He demoted himself that's so cool...

Visa004
Visa004

Everything is going to hell...

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Well it's certainly good to know he'll still have some involvement on that side of Sony as he was the one who built it into the success that it is. Obviously though I'm sure it would've been a daunting task to being chairman of SCE AND CEO of the whole freakin' company, lol.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Good get rid of this guy Playstation needs to go in a new direction anyway, no more Ps Move,no more monkey see monkey do approach to gaming.  I miss the Ps2 days where the companys focus was on quality games.

xiViaarksman
xiViaarksman

Shame for Playstation as Kaz is a great CEO, ahwell I guess it's just good news for the rest of Sony that they will be getting more attention.ALso not that surprsied at this news due to him not talking at E3 this year.

Zanoh
Zanoh

Wait...I thought Ken Kutagari was the father of Playstation?

Joshua2222
Joshua2222

This is probably just me being a Fallout fanboy but.....House is in control of Playstation! that's just awesome from a name standpoint ;) I'm sure Kaz will just go and fix the other parts of the company that are struggling :D

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Ridge Racerrrr 599 US dollars Giant Enemy Crab

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

hopefully he can get Sony making decent laptops again, since buying mine the options all seem really cheap and rubbish, no decent options anymore,,, I like my laptop, but when it dies I wont be buying another one from Sony unless they improve.

digi-demon
digi-demon

WTH - Ken Kutaragi was/still is the real father of playstation.

He did become the 'abusive father to the playstation brand' with PS3  - but still he is the 'biological' father of playstation and Hirai the step-in-dad - GS get the facts right  plz :P

john82wa
john82wa

People need to stop being ignorant when it comes to what console is best.  The battle between the two units is what drives this industry to be better and as consumers we get to reap the push for a more technologically advanced console. 

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

The gaming part of sony is doing well from what I have heard, but the rest of the company is not. Kazuo Hirai is probably freeing up time so that he can deal with the problem areas of the company more.

swamptick
swamptick

Lol. Another one bites the dust as Sony continues to struggle. Next?

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

He was great during the PS2 era, but totally shares the blame for the botched PS3 launch.

buying1999
buying1999

ROFL. I don't blame him for distancing himself from the disgraceful overpriced internet ready blu ray player and the flop ps vita. Good move.

 

The Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made. --John Carmack

Gjinckxs85
Gjinckxs85

 @MelodicMizery I agree with you. Sony has made some HUGE mistakes in the last 3 years. Example: Download caps, backwards compatibility (Forcing you to download a PS2 game you already own to play it on a PS3 because they said they wouldn't support it?), close to ZERO support for Vita (Skype not functioning, little to no content, proprietary memory card), poor hardware lifespan... just to name a few!

Verhoven
Verhoven

 @buying1999 I own a RRR 360, your statement doesn't instill too much confidence in me. Btw, I own a PS1,PS2,PS3,Xbox,Xbox360,Wii,3DS and PSP so I'm no fanboy for either console.

moviequest14
moviequest14

 @buying1999 If 360 is indeed the ''BEST'' console ''EVER'' made why aren't you playing that right now instead of trolling every Sony page? Oh.... red ring of death huh.... :/ 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Oh yeah, and House, at the top of your to-do-list should be The Last Guardian.

MelodicMizery
MelodicMizery

 @Vodoo yah but now sony makes something crazy like 23 million per day off the ps3 through the ps store, adds, and selling the units still

cssmit142
cssmit142

 @swamptick Another one bites the dust???  You do realize that he got a promotion, right?

cssmit142
cssmit142

 @DiscGuru101 I blame Kutaragi for the botched launch.  Hirai was promoted to SCE President soon after the PS3's launch (meaning he had to deal with the decisions that had already been made).  I more or less see Kaz Hirai as the guy who helped turn the PS3 brand around by introducing the slim models and helping to reduce the cost.

I think Hirai will help Sony Corp. get back on the right track.  He's a fantastic businessman.  

wolfmgs
wolfmgs

 @buying1999 please do me a favor go to play uncharted 1,2,3 GT5, on your 360 in 3D oohhhh wait you cant? im so sorry

96augment
96augment

 @buying1999 You spend more time talking about the Xbox than playing on it. And that's just sad.

moviequest14
moviequest14

 @buying1999 By the maturity of your comment I would guess you were born on the date after your name.

cssmit142
cssmit142

 @buying1999 I hope you enjoyed that big bowl of lead paint that you ate for breakfast this morning.

wolfmgs
wolfmgs

 @moviequest14 he is trolling because hes playing uncharted metal gear solid 4, LBP, GT5, God of war 3 and many others on his xbox 360 lol

LandauTST
LandauTST

 @moviequest14 I won't get into which console is best, as I have all 3 and enjoy/ed them all quite well. I will, however, add that at least when my 360 got the RROD in AND out of warranty, Microsoft still fixed it for free each time and all I had to pay for was shipping. Sony wanted me to pay $130 to fix my PS3 with the YLOD and repeatedly lied to me over general knowledge that any person dealing with technology for years would know.Of course that has nothing to do with the actual consoles and, as I said, I still love them all. I think that just as a company, Sony is the most intolerable.