Sony hardware architect Masayasu Ito, who led the engineering work on the PS4 and PS5, is retiring at the end of September.
The 60-year-old engineer is currently vice president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, but, according to Bloomberg, will step down from his position on October 1.
Ito first joined Sony in 1986, and in 2000 moved to its console division. During his time at the company, he led the development of the PS3, PS4 and PS5, as well as the PS4 Pro.
Although not as well—known as Sony hardware designer Mark Czerny, Ito nevertheless played an important role in the success of PlayStation – a key engineer when it comes to PS3, PS4 and PSP hardware and system software. Now he will leave Sony, stepping down from the post of representative director and vice president of SIE.
Ito started developing consoles in the early 2000s, mainly working on peripherals for PlayStation 1 and 2, including LCD monitors for PSone. Then he led the development of the popular Sony PSP portable device. He was also actively involved in the creation of Sony’s first virtual reality game, the original PSVR, as well as the PS5.
Ito’s departure marks the end of a 36-year career at Sony, where he initially worked on audio equipment. The current director and vice president, Lin Tao, will replace Ito when he steps down on October 1. In addition, Kiichiro Urata will become a representative director in his absence. However, it is also assumed that Cherni will remain the leading designer of Sony’s next-generation consoles.
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