PS5 and PS4 Principal Engineer Retired from Sony

Sony hardware architect Masayasu Ito, who led engineering work on the PS4 and PS5, will retire at the end of September.

The 60-year-old engineer is currently vice president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, but according to Bloombergwill step down from his position on October 1.

Ito first joined Sony in 1986, moving to its console division in 2000. During his time at the company, he led the way in engineering the PS3, PS4, and PS5, as well as the PS4 Pro.

While not quite as famous as Sony hardware designer Mark Cerny, Ito has been instrumental to the success of the PlayStation – a key engineer for PS3, PS4 and PSP system hardware and software. Now, he will be leaving Sony, leaving as a representative director as well as vice president of SIE.

Ito started engineering consoles in the early ’00s – mostly working on PlayStation 1 and 2 peripherals including the LCD Monitor for the PSOne. He later led the development of Sony’s popular handheld device, the PSP. He was also heavily involved in the creation of Sony’s first experiments in VR, the original PSVR, as well as the PS5.

Ito’s departure marked the end of a 36-year career with Sony – initially working on audio equipment. Current director and vice president Lin Tao will replace Ito when he steps down on October 1. In addition, Kiichiro Urata will take over as representative director in his absence. However, Cerny is also assumed to remain the main designer for the next generation of Sony consoles.

That said, no words not yet on anything to do with the PlayStation 6.

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The PS5 has been hit by relentless supply issues since its launch in November 2020, with many gamers still unable to get their hands on the console. However, Sony is committed to increasing PS5 supply just in time for the holidays, with a promise to ramp up production earlier in the year. “We want to produce more units as quickly as possible,” said Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki.

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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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