Sony’s PlayStation hardware chief Masayasu Ito is leaving the company after almost four decades at the company.
Announced in a press release, the 60-year-old Ito, engineering lead of both the PS4 and PS5, is retiring on October 1, and is set to be replaced by Lin Tao. Under Ito’s leadership, the PS4 reached a monumentally large 117.2 million lifetime units sold, cementing it as one of the most successful consoles ever made. According to Bloomberg, Ito’s reason for retiring is due to reaching retirement age.
Ito has been with Sony since 1986, and later moved to the PlayStation in 2008 where he oversaw PlayStation hardware engineering. Not only was Ito the lead on the PS4 and the PS5, but he also oversaw the PSVR.