Sony Computer Entertainment founder dies

Former Sony president and chairman Norio Ohga passes away in Tokyo at age 81; oversaw establishment of game arm in 1993.

Former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ken Kutaragi is best known as the "Father of the PlayStation." However, it was onetime Sony president, chairman, and CEO Norio Ohga who, in 1993, founded a new arm for the company called Sony Computer Entertainment. Until he quasi-retired in 2000, he helped oversee the division's growth and birthing of the PlayStation brand.

Sadly, Sony has announced Ohga died of multiple organ failure in Tokyo at age 81 on Saturday, April 23. His death came following a decades-long career at Sony during which he helped oversee the creation of CBS/Sony Records--now Sony Music Entertainment--in 1968. He became president of the division in 1970.

Former Sony Corp. president, chairman, and CEO Norio Ohga (1930-2011).

A classically trained baritone singer, he also helped create the CD format in the late 1970s, insisting its length be 75 minutes--long enough to hold Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in its entirety. Sony released the world's first CD in 1982, the year Ohga became Sony Corp. president. Within years, the format superseded vinyl records and cassettes as the top musical medium. Later in the 1990s, he would oversee the launch of the much less successful Minidisc (pictured).

Ohga also helped shepherd Sony's transformation from an electronics manufacturer into a global multimedia giant. Besides the Sony Music deal, he oversaw the purchase of Columbia Pictures in 1989, giving the company a large presence in the motion picture industry. He also helped develop the modern home video market by popularizing the DVD format in the 1990s.

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CurryMcFlurry
CurryMcFlurry

Norio Ohga is kinda like PSN...... dead. Hopefully one of them is brought back :D Seriously though I'm way to pissed about PSN being down. Like if you are pissed too!

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

Rest in peace. And if you have time, haunt the hackers that brought down psn.

Bowser05
Bowser05

R.I.P. Norio. Your work will never be forgotten.

Kastigador
Kastigador

What is he holding in his hand in this picture? Looks like a walkman and I'm thinking that's a digital tape. All the pictures Gamespot could use of him and they put on up with him holding one of Sony's failed products.

RGDT021
RGDT021

"insisting its length be 75 minutes--long enough to hold Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in its entirety" Love it! Thank you for your work my good man!

egres122
egres122

R.I.P Norio. I don't know what kind of world, let alone a video game world I or any gamer would live in without CDs and the PS.

jdhx
jdhx

Wow...At a time when his company and customers are being held hostage he won't get to see the final result (Which hopefully comes out good)...Thank you for everything...RIP

gamestesterjan
gamestesterjan

R.I.P Norio Ohga-San thank you for all of your work and great contributions to the world of media in general. @jemoedr - Thank you for the correction, I replied to the thread whilst sleepy/fatigued and make a human error.

Ryumoau23
Ryumoau23

Its a shame he had to die with the knowledge that his company's latest game system (PS3) has been brought to its knees by some douchbag hackers. :(

GreyMarine
GreyMarine

Rest In Peace man Your works will always cherish by us and will always be remembered by our grandsons

CC_MINION
CC_MINION

Rest In Peace. Us Sony fans will always remember you & ur accomplishments

jemoedr
jemoedr

Rest in peace. @gamestesterjan it is not Ken Kutaragi but Norio Ohga who died. @CurryMcFlurry you should be ashamed to give a comment like that in a topic like this. This man is one of those who gave you the opportunity to even have a Playstation!

franzito
franzito

Poor mister, died when his baby is in crisis...

MuddVader
MuddVader

May you rest well, free of the burdens of life. (Though you were rich as all hell most likely, so there couldn't have been too many burdens *shrugs*)

gamestesterjan
gamestesterjan

R.I.P Ken Kutaragi-San thank you for all of your work and great contributions to the world of media in general.

geoff-uk123
geoff-uk123

This man revolutionised CDs and gaming consoles. He gave use a brilliant series of video game consoles and much more. Such a shame to see us lose him like this. Hope he rests peacefully. @CurryMcFlurry: Yes man, we all wish PSN would get fixed. We just need to remember that without this guy, PSN wouldn't even exist.

KristoffBrujah
KristoffBrujah

We owe him so much. A brilliant visionary. Your long rest deserved.

H0rr0rG4m3r
H0rr0rG4m3r

R.I.P my first console ever was the PlayStation, I still have it today after 11 years. Thank you so much for all the fun I've had with the PS1, PS2 and PS3.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

Rest in peace, Mr. Ohga. You've done a lot in your life. Had some successes (PlayStation, CD, DVD), some busts (Minidisc), but you've done a lot. Sony could use more men like you now.

HT89488
HT89488

@ducusss Eh, I am embarrassed, I read a article completely wrong, 75 is avg for men, but again depending on where at you live...women are around 80. Well at least Intelligence notices Ignorance, hah.

SADleem
SADleem

R.I.P good sir *salutes*

ducusss
ducusss

@HT89488 I like how your telling people to educate themselves while claiming the average age of death is 90-95. Not 'til the year 2500, my friend.

RobVII
RobVII

RIP to this guy. Its a shame he left on the note that Sony is in now.

XeonForce
XeonForce

The father of many formats; the man had vision. ty and R.I.P.

joeisnub
joeisnub

R.I.P man, you've made a lotta gamers happy!

aleiko
aleiko

hacker meowmix :) (expects thumbs down for no reason)

SPD_WeBmAsTaH
SPD_WeBmAsTaH

R.I.P. my ninja. You have started an amazing division of the company. You deserve a good long rest.

the22for4
the22for4

R.I.P HE IS A LEGEND I RESPECT HIM :(

gameboy900
gameboy900

R.I.P. man you will always be remember and never forgotten

cuchikapoor
cuchikapoor

He helped created the compact disc . Thats a lifetime achievement in itself. R.I.P

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

@HT89488 Tell me, where's your source?

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

Why are some people connecting his death to PSN? His death has nothing to do with it - so please stop, a man has died. Stop worrying about your online services for once.

xxKai
xxKai

Dang, Rest in peace man we will all miss you

slbdevil
slbdevil

This guy created the CD huh? Awesome. May he rest in peace, his work is the base of most technology we have today.

Venom341
Venom341

Requiescat en Pace for all you have done. Your work has revolutionized the way that people would view electronic entertainment. You will not be forgotton by us...

maitkarro
maitkarro

Weird, that this happened, when the Sony hacking started O.o Did somekinda Norio Ohga fans rage out at Sony, or he died after the attack happened on Sony?

Nekkronaut
Nekkronaut

inb4 Ohga lolling towards Bahamas with stolen identity and 70m credit cards.

turtlebird95
turtlebird95

Sonyapocalypse!! No but seriously, thanks for your contributions. May you RIP.

slippship
slippship

RIP Norio Ohga, you made the gaming industry what it did and no amount of fanboyism can take that away!

Thehobb
Thehobb

you da man Norio!!! now get some rest :D