One of the key figures in the recent history of PlayStation has distanced himself from the business.
Kaz Hirai has resigned his position of chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment. His role as Sony Corporation president remains unaffected.
He will retain the role of part-time board member of SCE, meaning that a small link remains between the pair.
Hirai played a key role in stabilising Sony's games business after the departure of the father of PlayStation” Ken Kuturagi in April 2007.