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2007/04/26 10:32:32: Posted by DM
It is with great sadness that we witness the beginning of the gradual fade out of a video game legend today, folks. The father of the rebirth of gaming, Ken Kutaragi, inventor and symbol of the incredible dream machine, the original Playstation, has stepped down from his position at Sony Computer Entertainment International. Kutaragi will pass the torch to the next-generation at the next Sony shareholders meeting on June 19, 2007. No word on just what Kutaragi will do now, he will still serve as an advisor to Sony, and he is quoted as saying:

"It has been an exciting experience to change the world of computer entertainment by marrying cutting edge technologies with creative minds from all over the world. I’m looking forward to building on this vision in my next endeavors.”

Of course, the rumors are going to fly, in the face of the Playstation 3's less-than-spectacular-numbers, but that is to be expected. We are sure that even the staunchest game conspiracy theorists will put their control pads down for long enough to post the latest “Kenny was forced out” conspiracy theory.

Be that as it may, and feel free to flame away, we want to make one thing clear before we begin our downward flame march into the gutter.

Ken Kutaragi, the inventor and main driving force behind the Playstation phenomenon and much of modern gaming as we know it, is one of video gaming's legendary figures, hands down. This man was responsible for many things you know, and likely many more you do not know about behind the scenes in this industry we call the video game business. Whatever you may think of him now in light of the Playstation 3’s performance, keep two things in mind. First, remember just what he did for all of us when he decided to start this “crazy” project back in 1992 or so, a funny gray box called the Play-station. Second, always remember him as the man who was smart enough to realize that his time was over, and it was time to hand the ball off to people who understood things better, and had the correct mentality and mindset to make a successful console (this is our opinion, but we are fairly sure it is a valid assessment). He deserves a basic amount of respect, because of the two reasons we just mentioned. You will be missed, Ken, and good luck in all you endeavor. Click read more for the official press release.


SCEI and Sony announce Executive Management Transition at Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

TOKYO, JAPAN, April 26, 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) and Sony Corporation (Sony) have jointly announced today that Ken Kutaragi, Representative Director, Chairman and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., will retire from his executive position at SCEI effective June 19, 2007, when SCEI’s annual shareholders’ meeting will take place. Mr. Kutaragi will pass on the torch to the next generation, stepping back from his executive management responsibility of the company to serve as Honorary Chairman of SCEI.

With his deep and instinctive insight into future technology, Mr. Kutaragi will also continue to support Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation, as senior technology advisor.

Concurrently, Kazuo Hirai, currently President and Group COO, SCEI, will be promoted to President and Group CEO, continuing his responsibility as the leader of the PlayStation® business worldwide.

Mr. Kutaragi, well known as the “Father of PlayStation”, invented and launched the original PlayStation in 1994 and its successor, PlayStation 2, in 2000. Since the introduction of PlayStation and subsequently PlayStation 2, these platforms opened up a vast market of computer entertainment. The two platforms combined now have an installed base of more than 200 million units in homes around the world, with more than 2 billion units of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 software titles shipped worldwide. The third generation of the company’s home computer entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3, launched in November 2006 in Japan and North America and in March 2007 in Europe, will continue to revolutionize the computer entertainment experience with its immense computational power connected to the network.

After completing the launch of PLAYSTATION 3 worldwide, Mr. Kutaragi has decided to pursue his dreams beyond PlayStation and to accelerate his network vision.

“I am happy to graduate from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. after introducing four platforms to the PlayStation family,” said Ken Kutaragi, Chairman and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “It has been an exciting experience to change the world of computer entertainment by marrying cutting edge technologies with creative minds from all over the world. I’m looking forward to building on this vision in my next endeavors.”

“Ken Kutaragi is a rare combination of a powerful visionary and entrepreneur in one figure,” said Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation. “Not only has he created a multi-billion dollar business for the Sony Group, he has brought the industry into a new dimension. Sony has benefited tremendously from his vision, his 2/2 creative genius, and from the very strong team he assembled and nurtured. As Ken moves forward to pursue new opportunities, we will encourage and support him. My support also goes to Kazuo Hirai, who is a terrific executive with a proven track record with PlayStation business in the US. I am confident that he will inspire and lead SCEI to new heights.”

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Written by VaeVictus on 2007/04/26

I'd like some dap for the post.
Written by Kenny K on 2007/04/26

just so im not wrong but what is "dap"?
Written by VaeVictus on 2007/04/26


Do you want PTI on ESPN?
Written by VaeVictus on 2007/04/26

watch, not want?

I'm still tired from playing Gears too late last night. If my comments or grammar suffers, that's why.
Written by DM on 2007/04/26

i actually found it simultaneously from you Vae, but surely, if you want the NOD its yours, in the meantime, hit up the new poll for this news in the FW section, posting now,

and guys i KNOW you wanna flame this one up, DONT MAKE ME MOVE POSTS PLEASE, FLAME IN THE FLAME SECTION, CLICK ON THE "Flame Wars Discussion For This News" LINK!
Written by Unbiased Technology Professor on 2007/04/26


Do people get some sort of reward for mentioning something like this first? You make it seem like it is important when you made that comment to VaeVictus.

Hey, VaeVictus, are you good at Gears of War? I am looking for someone to beat the game on Insane difficulty. Do you have what it takes?
Written by DM on 2007/04/26

UTP not really but alot of peopel take getting the nod in the news seriously, i get emiails boaut it all the time :)
Written by VaeVictus on 2007/04/26

I requested dap in a "joking manner" as most of what I post here usually has little merit in the grand scheme of things. I am not as informed as Kenny K(but I am equally as cool), not as funny as I think I am, and really just looking forward to escaping the doldrums of a boring job.

UTP, I am hot and cold on Gears. Some days I can hang with most, others, I am garbage. I do love to play, and that's all that matters. Kenny K and I have a lot of fun playing online, even if we both are terrible on that given evening. You other GR's should look us up sometime.
Written by Kenny K on 2007/04/26

that's what i figured it was Vae, im tired too as well as you can see.

Written by Sky on 2007/04/26

i guess Ken is going to manage his company cellius that is jointed with namco
Written by lc204 on 2007/04/26

J. Allard from Microsoft must be grinning right now.

Allard says. "I wrote: What gets me out of bed and into the office every day is the thought of Ken Kutaragi's resignation letter, framed, hanging next to my desk."
Written by madgunde on 2007/04/26


J. Allard sounds like a real prick.
Written by sino on 2007/04/26

Can't wait for Ken's next project.
Written by lc204 on 2007/04/26


J. Allard may sound like a prick but he still has a job.
Written by - The G- on 2007/04/26

The end of an era.
Written by CianMCL on 2007/04/26

well congrats and best wishes to him. even if you do hate sony. he did change the face of concole gaming. as did nintendo did back with the nes
Written by neoimpulse on 2007/04/26

Kaz Hirai you're next.
Written by Fishcake21 on 2007/04/27

I still admire his Sound CPU for the SNES , and so did many back then when doing dissasembly work :/

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