Officielt: Phil Harrison forlader SonyPhil Harrison forlader Sony
Det nok mest internationale fjæs som Playstation brandet har her i vesten, må uden tvivl siges at være Phil Harrison. I dag er det dog blevet officielt at frontfiguren træder tilbage, fra og med den 29. Februar. Rygterne går på at han vil komme ind i Atari og vil rette op på det ellers fejlende firma, men det er kun løse rygter.
Peter Moore som også var figuren for Xbox brandet forlod jo også Microsoft her i sommers. At Phil Harrison forlader Sony, gør at Sony sidder i samme krise som Microsoft. Hvis den samme tendens fortsætter er det mon et tegn på at Reggie Fils-Aime smutter fra Nintendo? Pressemeddelsen er som følger:
TOKYO, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that Phil Harrison, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), will resign from Sony Computer Entertainment Group as of February 29, 2008. Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of SCEI, will immediately assume responsibilities as president of SCE WWS, in addition to his current duties.
Prior to the launch of the original PlayStation, Phil Harrison joined Sony Electronics Publishing, Ltd. in 1992, which later evolved into Sony computer Entertainment Europe, and since then, he has made a tremendous contribution to the company playing a strategic role in the launch of four PlayStation platforms, as well as building strong relationships with game developers and publishers throughout the world. Since his appointment to the position of president, SCE WWS, Harrison applied his considerable skill, knowledge and expertise to lead SCE Group's first party game development as well as aggressively pursuing the development of new online entertainment experiences.
"As one of the founding members of SCE, Phil played a key role in the development and growth of the PlayStation business and our industry," said Kazuo Hirai. "It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very best of luck in his future endeavors."
"The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far," said Phil Harrison. "I am grateful to all the PlayStation family for their incredible support, guidance and friendship. It has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a daily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can."