Longtime Sony PlayStation hardware director will retire on October 1st: 60-year-old Masayasu Ito, who led engineering for both PS4 and PS5, will retire, with current director Lin Tao taking over. Sony announced the changes in a short press release today.
Bloomberg explains that Ito joined Sony in 1986 before moving to the company’s PlayStation division in 2008 to lead PlayStation hardware engineering. Ito oversaw the engineering of the PlayStation 4, a hugely successful console that had sales of 117.2 million last March. The PS4 even sold more game than any other console in history last year.
Ito was also responsible for creating the PSVR headset, PS4 Pro, and Sony’s latest PS5 console, which he began developing in 2015. Ito detailed the PS5 development process ahead of the console’s launch in 2020, explaining that Sony focused on reducing noise levels and improving capacity. console cooling, as well as promoting a “well-thought-out and well-designed architecture” within the console.
While the PS5 is the biggest gaming console in recent history, Sony has lowered its weight in recent reviews. In fact, the company quietly launched the revised PS5 last month, reducing the weight by 13% compared to the original launch model. The new PS5 model arrives at a time when Sony is raising the price of its PS5 consoles outside the US by €50, at least in Italy.
Ito’s replacement, Lin Tao, will be responsible for all future generations of PlayStation hardware. Sony first released the PS3 in 2006, followed by the PS4 seven years later in 2013, and the PS5 seven years later than the PS4 in 2020. The change in direction is significant given that Sony may already be about to move forward. Early planning stages for the next generation of PlayStation.
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