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Submitted by Karooo 658d ago | news

Kaz Hirai is no longer Sony Computer Entertainment chairman

GB: Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony, has stepped down as Sony Computer Entertainment chairman (Industry, PS Vita, PS3, Sony)

Update Poor title is poor. Kaz is now President of Sony, so he is stepping up, not down. ~cgoodno

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jujubee88  +   658d ago | Helpful
"Sony appoints Kazuo Hirai as president and CEO"
http://www.siliconrepublic....

^ If you want some background on this story.
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Karooo  +   658d ago
It's amazing how far Kaz has come. Sad to see him go, I hope they make Yoshida chairman now.
M4I0N3   658d ago | Immature | show
Shikoro  +   658d ago
He didn't go anywhere. He's been appointed to the CEO of Sony, meaning the entire corporation, and that is the highest position you can get in a company.
sikbeta  +   658d ago
@Karooo

Kaz is now President of the whole Sony Corp, that's why he's no longer CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment :P
MariaHelFutura  +   658d ago
The title of this artical should be "Kaz Hirai promoted to CEO of Sony". Its funny how how people TRY HARD to make anything sound negative, even posistive things. It a sad state for an industry to be stuck in.
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Frankfurt  +   658d ago
He stepped down because SCE, which used to be ok money-wise, had lost 1.2 billion dollars in 2011.

It used to be SCE and Sony insurance making a profit. Now it's just insurance.
raytraceme  +   658d ago
you do know that sony's movie and music divisions make profits as well right???
Cueil  +   657d ago
the industry isn't stuck in it retarded fan journalist are... it's been corrected... so just a badly worded
chad22hkd  +   657d ago
Wow talk about a attention grabbing headline. Wow these sites are making money, by giving misleading headlines on all their articles, and by getting gamers angry at each other with so stupid fanboy articles. Why do we allow them to make money like that?

N4G should stop all the fanboy bs articles, and give this site some class, it would be amazing how much quality content we could have here if they would actual try to control the stupid writers of these sites!
miyamoto  +   658d ago
How ironic!
Funny how the once unwanted child, called the PlayStation, will save the whole Sony Corp company through Kazuo-san!

This will be very humbling for the old samurai's inside Sony corp.

I used to be a Sega fan and resented the PlayStation's overnight dominance. But even though I love my Dreamcast I ended up playing more on my PlayStation.

Now I have been following the history of the PlayStation and I tell you it has the best and the most dramatic story of all time in video game history.

What gravitated me to PlayStation brand is its integrity as gaming platform. It has run a steady & unwavering course through out history since day one of its conception.

Ever on the cutting edge of marrying high technology hardware & fresh new risky gaming content then presenting it to the mass market.

No matter where Sony PlayStation ends up it will always have my highest respect & enthusiasm.

I guess its Long Live PlayStation!
nukeitall  +   658d ago
Playstation is also the only brand of console that deliberately forced removed a feature after I purchased and OWN the console.
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xursz  +   658d ago
nuke, do you really own a playstation, because you seem to spend a lot of time trolling them?
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Wintersun616  +   657d ago
Forced? They did not. You can always disconnect your PS3 from the network and not update it. Not a good option, but an option nevertheless, thus they didn't force remove anything. Also, what xursz said.
Nathaniel_Drake  +   657d ago
Yeah the PS does have a great storyline to it and the reason why they never abandoned their core gaming audience unlike some other game company
GarandShooter  +   657d ago
Playstation may also be the only brand that helped you learn the difference between ownership of physical property and licensing intellectual property.

Wow, another thing to add to the 'It Only Does Everything' list.
pixelsword  +   657d ago
"Playstation is also the only brand of console that deliberately forced removed a feature after I purchased and OWN the console. "

Not to put too fine a point on it, but if you buy a year of XBL once that year is up, don't they forcibly remove that feature once you purchased and own it? Oh, yeah; you can buy another year, just like you can not accept the upgrade, but all of that's splittin' hairs, ain't it?
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karlowma  +   657d ago
@pixelsword

forcibly remove xbox live? clearly you've never tried to unsubscribe.
JTX123  +   657d ago
I just hope he can save japan's second most valuable export
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doogiebear  +   657d ago
We love u Kaz. He was pivotal in making Playstation what it is today, and thus shaping gaming (since Sony seems to be the only one interested in protecting core gaming from the sellout casual market (even though Sony is still friendly to casuals too, to a degree)).
Brawler  +   657d ago
Yup hes the big cheese of everything now congrats to him
Crazyglues  +   657d ago
How could people disagree with what you said, it's 100% true... I don't get it?

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rezzah  +   657d ago
because those people cannot think.
andibandit  +   657d ago
UNLEASH THE POWAAAH!!!!!!
izumo_lee  +   658d ago
Well since the PS brand doesn't really need fixing like the rest of Sony's products I can see the reason for Kaz to focus on the other problems of the company.

I wonder who will replace Kaz...will it be Andrew House, Jacky T, or Shuhei Yoshida? It will be sad not to see Kaz at E3 to give us memorable quotes but i wish him the best of luck in his fulltime job.
torchic  +   658d ago
Kaz said "no one man can have all that power" which I think sums it up. don't think it had much to do with what you suggested IMO. he seems like a nice man Kaz, only doing what's best for Sony. heading two very big "divisions" at the same time was overkill.

it was the perfect time for him to step down, as a new CEO can usher in his ideas for the PS4 and other PlayStation branded products.
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MrMister  +   657d ago
He can still come to e3. In fact, he said playstation is going to be their main division, attempting to help all their other divisions to take a part in forming the playstation brand
pixelsword  +   658d ago
Okay, okay; I'll take his job, Gheeze!

*puts on suit and tie*

"Ahem: Ridge Racer! RIIIIIDGE RAAAACER!"

Can I have my raise and medal now?

;)

OT: I think since he did such a good job in the games division, they're using him in other places to sure-up the company to keep all of those new stock holders happy and get some good word-of-mouth publicity from investors.
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TheRichterBelmont  +   658d ago
Well, that was quick. Maybe he'll join Namco now and be the Riiiiidge Racer spokesman.
thekiddfran  +   658d ago
Fool, did you read the article. He is now president of SONY.
chaolankennedy  +   658d ago
he obviously didn't. lol. but that'd be hilarious as a side job.
Azurite  +   658d ago
He got promoted:
"Electronics giant Sony has appointed the former head of its games division Kazuo Hirai as president and chief executive officer in an effort to bring the company back to profitability."
Afterlife  +   658d ago
Read between the lines. SCE is part of Sony. He's now the boss of Sony.
Clarence  +   658d ago
@therichterbelmont
CEO of one division of the company or CEO of the whole company.

The real story is entertainment division doesn't need help, but the rest of the company does.

Your right, that was quick. Kaz is now CEO of the whole company.

The title is should read " Kaz Hirai is no longer Sony Computere Entertainment chairman, He is now CEO of the Sony Company."

Congrats is in order.
chela   658d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(2)
wenaldy  +   658d ago
this is old
C0MPUT3R  +   658d ago
He is CEO of the ENTIRE COMPANY now.
INehalemEXI  +   657d ago
indeed
GameOn  +   658d ago
I watched a bbc report on sony last night. Pretty negative overall but I dont remember them mentioning this.
pixelsword  +   657d ago
You like bbc?
GameOn  +   657d ago
You don't like BBC? lol odd question.
Yeah I like BBC, They do good documentaries and dramas.

Does that answer your question?
TCG_Returns  +   658d ago
Typical gamingbolt (one of the shittiest contributers to n4g) to fish for hits with a misleading title.
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Awesome_Gamer  +   658d ago
I hate misleading titles..
Bowzabub  +   658d ago
Congrats Kazuo-San.
Ooh rah!
insomnium2  +   658d ago
Now he's the head of Sony and he is laughing just like in that pic. Congratz to Kaz!
BrutallyBlunt  +   658d ago
He has a lot of work ahead of him trying to restructure the company and get it out of the red. That's no laughing matter. Kaz has done well for himself but can he turn Sony around? That's the million (or multi-billion in this case) question.
dubt72  +   658d ago
No
cstyle  +   658d ago
He may be head of Sony but he sure as hell isn't laughing. They have some serious issues.
ApolloAdams  +   658d ago
Unless this man is a few notches below Steve Jobs I don't see an Apple type of turnaround from Sony.

I wish him the best though! Goodjob on President.
cee773  +   657d ago
did you know sony influenced steve jobs the man himself has even admitted it
BitbyDeath  +   657d ago
Considering Steve's current position i don't think anyone would want to be a few notches below him.

Nice troll tho
DivineAssault  +   658d ago
I have a feeling Sony is going to undergo some major changes in the next 2-4 years.. For the better though.. They already started cleaning house & canning dev teams that were doing half a$$ jobs
malypso  +   658d ago
You've been saying this for four or five years now, get real!
UConcord11  +   658d ago
I wonder who appoints guys to be CEO?
Downtown boogey  +   658d ago | Well said
Shareholders, perhaps?
Killman  +   658d ago
Article title fail 10-freaking-1.
2v1  +   658d ago
read the title i tho the mf left lol!! fkng jounalists and the BS they go tru but as a gamer i dont give a f about them
DragonKnight  +   657d ago
I disagreed because you just butchered the English language.
Downtown boogey  +   658d ago
SOMEONE DELETE THIS!
MySwordIsHeavenly  +   658d ago
Good! He now has the job I hope to someday attain! I will be the CEO of Sony!!!
dubt72   657d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(3)
Heavenly King  +   657d ago
KAZ IS ON FIRE!!!

He is getting promoted every quarter!!!
Der_Kommandant  +   657d ago
I want Ken Kutaragi back!!!!!!
Nakiro  +   657d ago
Voted down the site, the title is just a bait and the summary doesn't explain anything really.
Soldierone  +   657d ago
This article proves how many people DONT READ THE ARTICLE lol.....trolls making themselves look even more stupid than usual.
SuperStrokey1123  +   657d ago
People and their stupid titles... talk about going for hits!
mxkite  +   657d ago
what a terrible article and i dont know if that piece of shit can be called an article, plus the missleading title...
GeneralMLD   657d ago | Spam
StrawberryDiesel420  +   657d ago
He better get to pushing that Demon's Souls sequel, From Software could easily create the best RPG ever made if they combined what they did with Dark Souls and Demon's Souls into an amazing sequel. Also, bring on Last of Us and God of War Ascension!
solar  +   657d ago
i will never get over the "RIIIIIIIIDGE RACER!!!!" gaff. it was way to funny.
TheLastGuardian  +   657d ago
Congratulations on becoming president and CEO of the greatest company of all time, Kaz Hirai.
givemeshelter  +   657d ago
He was promoted. Hopefully he can turn things around as Sony has been in financial restructure more than 4 times since the 1990's and still are in that position.
I have confidence in Sony to come out of this
morkendo23  +   657d ago
KAZA-HURI-NAMAUCHI!!! I HAVE THE POOOWERRR!! HE-MAN
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