A surprise announcement arrived today. The CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment has decided to step down after five years. It is well-known that most of his time was spent on supervising the PlayStation division, including the development of several first-party titles.
The move is quite interesting, especially since it is thought that Sony plans to unveil the PS5 during an event that should take place in February 2020. A selection of exclusive launch titles could be announced on the same date, but that remains to be seen.
Shawn Layden is, without a doubt one of the most well-known figures of Sony. A reason for his decision to quit the company wasn’t offered at this point, or a possible replacement. In a press release shared via a popular social network the company wished him success in future endeavors, a statement which infers that retirement is unlikely.
Layden is of the oldest Sony employee, having occupied several positions over 32 years. His career advanced when he became a producer for Sony Computer Entertainment in 1996. In 2014 he became the president of SIE.
For many PS fans, Layden is a well-known figure, as he was present at many events and introduced many of the essential changes. Titles like Uncharted 4 and Horizon: Zero Down were developed under his supervision, and the successor will face a lot of pressure as he or she will have to keep the momentum going.
Many fans are looking forward to the release of the PS5, which is already shaping up to be a great device. The console will offer a variety of features, including the ability to play content at 8K, considerably shorter loading times, and backward compatibility with PS4 games.
The PS4 is the most successful console of this generation, as more than 100 million units were sold since release. It is estimated that the PS5 will reach the same numbers, but only time will tell.