It’s now official that Sony CEO and PlayStation Boss Kaz Hirai has retired after 35 years at the company. Back in February 2018, Hirai announced that he will step down as Sony CEO and move into director-chairman role.
Afterward, in March 2019, Hirai officially confirmed his retirement and revealed that CFO Kenichiro Yoshida will be replacing him as the CEO of the company.
This last Tuesday, June 18 was Hirai’s last day at Sony and PlayStation. From now on, Hirai will serve “as a senior advisor and will continue to provide counsel as requested by Sony’s management team.”
For those who don’t know, Hirai’s journey at Sony Corporation started in 1984 when he joined Sony Music. Afterward, Hirai moved to Sony Computer Entertainment (now Sony Interactive Entertainment or SIE) in 1995 and became CEO and president of the company in 2012.
During Hira’s time at the company, his mission was to “to ensure Sony continues to be a company that provides customers with kando–to move them emotionally–and inspires and fulfills their curiosity.” Games like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and The Last of Us are all a result of Hira’s vision for the company.
As for his successor, Yoshida, Hirai said:
Yoshida has a great experience and an excellent perspective, as well as having the leadership qualities that are required to organize Sony’s different sectors: this is why he is the ideal person to lead the company towards the future.
In response, Yoshida made it clear that he plans to build on the foundations set by Mr. Hirai.
Hirai decided to retire as Sony CEO because he was tired of his travel schedule at the company. Also, Hirai will be now spending more time with his family in his home situated in Californa. In case you are wondering, Kaz Hirai’s net worth is $40 Million according to Celebrity Networth.
Sony Boss Kaz Hirai has retired ahead of PlayStation 5 reveal, which is expected to be at the end of this year at PlayStation Experience 2019. According to several reports and rumors, the PlayStation 5 release date is set for sometime in 2020.
As revealed by Sony’s Mark Cerny, PS5 specs include an AMD chip based on 3rd gen Ryzen line, a 7nm 8-core CPU and a super a fast SSD. In addition to this, PS5 will support 8K graphics and ray-tracing for its games.
PS5 backward compatibility feature is also confirmed. Payers will be able to play PS4 games on PS5. Furthermore, the PlayStation heads have indicated previously that PS5 will support cross-gen play, which means that PS4 players will be able to play games with PS5 players online.
Hopefully, we can expect Kaz Hirai to make an appearance at the reveal event of PlayStation 5.