Sony is losing one of the main architects behind its PlayStation consoles. PlayStation architect Masayasu Ito, who led the development of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, is leaving Sony as of October 1, as the company confirmed earlier today. Ito has been with Sony for 36 years, having joined the company back in 1986 and starting in the early years of developing car audio equipment.
Published: Sony's long-time PlayStation hardware architect Masayasu Ito is retiring and leaving the company due to his age, SIE told Bloomberg. https://t.co/q6zIV0bn2Y
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In 2000, Masayasu Ito moved to the console division and has since been involved in the development of Sony PlayStation devices, including the PlayStation Portable and the PlayStation 4 Pro. He eventually became executive vice president of hardware engineering and operations and deputy director of Sony Interactive Entertainment. While Sony did not specify in its announcement why Ito is leaving, it stated that the 60-year-old executive is retiring on October 1st of this year.
Over the past few decades, Masayasu Ito has represented Sony in interviews and other public appearances regarding the PlayStation. In 2013, he spoke to Engadget about the PlayStation Eye camera for PS4, and in the same year told us that the company was releasing a Vita TV outside of Japan. He was also the one who announced that Project Morpheus would be known as PlayStation VR at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show.
Two years ago, around the console’s launch, Masayasu Ito posted a teardown of the PS5 on the PlayStation Blog. He stated that Sony had made a generational leap in terms of performance for its next console generation and make sure all the elements of the device worked together. An example of this would be that Sony had to find ways to reduce the console’s noise level and increase its cooling capacity to prevent its components from overheating. In the PS5 teardown video, he stated he wanted players to see how carefully Sony had integrated their technology into their console.