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Submitted by TrevorPhillips 2908d ago | news

Breaking: Phil Harrison Quits Sony

Phil Harrison is today announcing plans to leave Sony. Harrison is the company's head of worldwide studios and has been instrumental in PlayStation's development for 15 years. (Industry, PS2, PS3, PSP)

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TrevorPhillips  +   2908d ago
ohh thats too bad that phil is leaving sony
poos3   2908d ago | Spam
blacsheep  +   2908d ago
im confused,regardless phil im wishing you the best of luck,in my eyes you were the face of the playstation brand,i am genuinly sad to see you go,more so than ken.


people who live in glass houses should not throw stones(we all know how many high profile execs have left microsoft including the founder!)
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lodossrage  +   2908d ago
You mean like the way MS is losing ppl left and right correct?
DarkSniiper   2908d ago | Spam
Filanime03   2908d ago | Spam
Lifendz  +   2908d ago
This is a surprise
just when I got used to seeing this tall, lanky, alienesque guy he up and quits. Best of luck to ya Phil.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   2908d ago
Actually Darsniper does have a PS3, he was in the first COD tourney I believe and then the second one he overslept. XD.
PhiI Harrison  +   2908d ago
Phil might be leaving Sony, but he will always be on N4G!!!!
Lew_Ijgee  +   2908d ago
Darksniiper (1.4) is not the real Darksniper folks.
marinelife9  +   2908d ago
LOL Phil will be forever enshrined on N4G.

Does anyone know where he's going? Did he take a job outside of the industry? Did he start his own development studio? Did he retire?
jwatt  +   2908d ago
ah man
I loved that guy, so cool and calm and he did good things with Sony. Who's going to take his spot, kaz or maybe a new guy from America.
sonarus  +   2908d ago
man. its hard to imagine anyone filling his shoes. Best of luck to him though and hopefully sony can replace him with someone who is more than capable
EastCoastSB  +   2907d ago
It said in the article that Kaz Hirai is going to take over.
Rattles  +   2908d ago
bye phil
conjurdevil  +   2908d ago
is this for real?
dont tell me he's going to EA too lol j/k
Black_Jack  +   2907d ago
lol hell no

lets hope whoever steps in his shoes has the business and creative prowess he has, he'll be missed that's for sure.
TrevorPhillips  +   2908d ago
maybe u never know i mean EA's are rich bastards they wanna buy every company even take two lol
permutated  +   2908d ago
I'm pissed at people like you who talk sh*t about EA because they know good business tactics.

If you want to b*tch about a company, b*tch about Rockstar and their inability to make a decent looking game, and their obsession with making gamers look like violence/sex loving idiots.
titntin  +   2908d ago
You can be as pissed as you like. People have every right to moan about E.A.'s tactic of buying good companies and destroying them. The have a track record of destroying every company they purchase, and they admit it themselves.
I was part of Bullfrog when we were absorbed into E.A., so I've seen first hand how their ridiculous corporate mentality sucks the creativity and zest from a once great company, and results in dismally formulaic teams as a result. I gave it a good shot in E.A. but ultimately choose to leave and set up elsewhere precisely because of this culture.
If you don't know what you are talking about, don't talk about it.

I'm sad to see Phil going. Having met him myself (I also worked for Psygnosis when we taken by Sony), I can attest that he is a 'gentle giant' and a good bloke. Sony will miss his presence. His role is incredibly demanding and stressful however, and theres only so long you can so much of yourself to any company. I would not be at all surprised to learn he intends to keep a lower profile role which allows him more free time. I guess we'll see when we learn what new role he intends to take on.:)
permutated  +   2907d ago
Lol, yeah man, you sure showed me.

People talk trash about EA because they work the business side of gaming, however without them there would be alot less of the great franchises we've come to rely on year after year.

Burnout, Madden, etc.

Get a life, or a job. Stop trying the ruin the reputation that a company has worked so hard to achieve.

There was a time that they were just a small developer who made great games, now they do so much more.

All this logic is falling on deaf ears, and hopefully I won't lose another bubble for voicing my opinion.
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permutated  +   2908d ago
I wonder what this means? I mean, no one in their right mind would quit from a company who's technology was just deemed the next format of entertainment distribution. Especially after working there for 15 years.

It just doesn't make sense.
gEnKiE  +   2908d ago
Well why did Peter Moore leave Microsoft? Either way, it is sad to see him leave. Out of everybody at Sony, I liked to listen to what he had to say. Either way, I wish him the best of luck. :)
Daishi  +   2908d ago
Does this have to mean anything? I mean he's already rolling in $ and has an image he can sell to the tech industry. Maybe he just wants to take a break from one of (if not the) most chaotic industrys. If he sells all his stocks and moves to the middle of no where, then be suspicious. Would be interesting if he started working on a new project though (Dreamcast 2)...
permutated  +   2907d ago
It's just weird timing, and if you can't see that you're blind.
moparful99  +   2907d ago
I dont know this to be true but if you're trying to reason as to why phil would leave at the precise moment sony is starting to run the industry again then I might have the answer. Phil has been trying to push the casual side of the market since the ps3 hit the streets. He knew the casual market was the next big thing. He is the main supporter of home, LBP, and the open networking of the psn. He's frankly upset that sony has generally been ignoring the casual side. Now that nintendo is a run away success with the wii and microsoft has launched the xna service he feels that "I told you so" just doesnt quite make up for it. So he packed up shop and whent to a company that respects his insight and foresight if you will... Again I know sony has been catering to the casuals with ps eye, psn, home and what not but they dont seem to be making it a priority... This is all speculation and hear say but it could explain this brash move.... Whoo knows anymore : [
TrevorPhillips  +   2908d ago
i think phil is leaving because of the disappointment at gdc08 i think
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ravinash  +   2908d ago
Phil has been part of the company for years and it was last year was the hard one for the playstation brand, things are looking up now so hes leaving on a high note. So its unlikely that he leaving because of any shows.
name  +   2908d ago
What dissapointment? I'm sure he isn't leaving due to anything negative going on at Sony. Maybe he's just interested in doing other things probably? That's really screwed up that he's leaving. He was my favorite.
Iron Man 2  +   2908d ago
Farewell Phil Harrison,Dark Sniper and his legion of SONY Snipers will never forget you!

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Iron Man 2  +   2908d ago
Dark Sniper has reported your comment as offensive and he hopes the rest of the n4g users do so as well

DarkSniiper  +   2908d ago
Dark Sniper has desided to sell the PofS3.
It is all over for Sony!

Xbox 360 FTW!!!!

cellypower  +   2908d ago
Why would you want M$ to win the console war?It would be bad for gaming
ASSASSYN 36o  +   2908d ago
Because, ol'snpiey wants to play Front Lines Fuel of war.
Chubear  +   2908d ago
Well said
This is a sad event for sure. Phil's just too damned cool and will be heavily missed.

I'll be keeping an eye out for his future endevours cause where ever he goes will certainly have quality as long as he's a vital part of it.

Good luck and best of wishes to him. He did good by Sony's Playstation entertainment system and by the Playstation fanbase.
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Iamback  +   2908d ago
I am shocked
poos3  +   2908d ago
is sony on it way down ?that maybe why he left he was complaining about fustrations like 3 days ago and it was posted on this site maybe he had enough ?
permutated  +   2907d ago
JVIDICAN  +   2907d ago
is microsoft on there way down? maybe its founder and others left because of issues with the 360
see i can do it to =P
e8t bit  +   2908d ago
Left to join Microsoft, much?
PumPum  +   2908d ago
Fanboy didnt even read the article did you?
radzy  +   2908d ago
YEP, THE SHIP IS SINKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
no more real exclusives , its all about blu ray, 360 games look identical if not better than ps3 games, and microsoft must have offered him a sh!t load of money to work on the zune, 10 gig force installs, washed out look on games, 360 games look better,gta not exclusive anymore, gta bing bought by microsoft through EA(go peter moore), 360 games look better, 15 gig force installs, and 360 games look better!!!

good luck sony , THIS IS YOUR YEAR "SONY 2008".

Avto  +   2908d ago
Well this was kind of a shock what am I to do now join the Xbox camp.
UnblessedSoul  +   2908d ago
Omg phils a legend why is he leaving
Mr Marbles  +   2908d ago
MS offered him a huge amount of cash to come work for them.
PumPum  +   2908d ago
You didnt read the article?
He said he will support Sony....
blacsheep  +   2908d ago
I think youve lost yours!

phil is no peter moore,phil has class,integrity,passion and is not a traitor so he wouldnt fit in at microsoft!
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Daishi  +   2908d ago
Blacsheep who would he be betraying for going to another company to make money? You shouldn't get too attached to business people because they know more of what's going on than we do and they act upon it. To me this means nothing, he's got money and wants a vacation. He might even return in a few years for all we know.
ktchong  +   2908d ago
Didn't he say that he's pissed at Sony Japan just last week over social gaming?

It's a Japanese company -- employees don't criticize their company or boss in public or the press.

Seems like he spoke out of his place, and so he suffered the consequence.
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The Closing  +   2908d ago
Kinda strange but
I really doubt they would let someone who has been so vital to the team go over something as small as that. That wouldn't be the smartest move on their part to say the least.
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titntin  +   2908d ago
Thanks for pointing out the article - I missed this when it was submitted, and had wandered why Sony lost the inroads they had made in starting social gaming!

Much I can see the kind of conspiracy theories this might suggest, I seriously doubt that such a statement would see him depart his role. He's always been refreshingly candid, and spoken his mind. Being dissapointed with a company policy is not the same as blasting anyone, and I seriously doubt this had bearing on his current decision.
blacsheep  +   2908d ago
i know what your saying but roundpeg makes a valid point we all know how straight laced japanese business people can be, ive been to japan and their culture is like another planet, i love it there but they do live by strict rules,and are very serious that you uphold there beliefs and would not tolerate being made to look stupid or behind the times.

phil speaking out recently i believe was from internal conversations going on for a while and the decision for him to leave was finalised way before so he had nothing to lose by saying what he did,this is maybe even more so there was no sony conference at GDC because phil usually hosts them.

i believe phil was pissed at his vision for social gaming not being taken seriously earlier and this caused internal conflict its like him saying now i told you so you should have listened to me in the 1st place and japanese execs wouldnt like that because they believe they are are the innovators of electronics and anything technical which then you could argue they are but in this instance phil beat them to the punch?

there will be alot of conspiracy theorys
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TrevorPhillips  +   2908d ago
thats life, thats how business is they offer money to people and they accept to join
Rims  +   2908d ago
nooooooooo! PHIL WHY !!! NOO!
krisq  +   2908d ago
Huge loss...
...for Sony. But than again, if someone offered me better money, I would quit too.
xhi4  +   2908d ago
I am shocked.......
and deeply saddened.

He's such an innovator! Down to earth, an earth shattering loss to Sony entertainment.

I wonder what prompted his resignation.......hhmmm

I doubt they'd be able to get such a genuine person as phill to take his place. Such a shame.

But i geuss, 15 years is a long time.

EDIT: Harrison: "I...will continue to support its future in every way I can.”

Thank god! lol

But seriously, how will kaz manage BOTH jobs? Phills job is such a specialised and high management position, how can he POSSIBLY effectively run both arms?

Sad......very sad. I guess time will tell.

And also interesting, maybe he knew he was going to leave and that's why he said that thing about the japanese arm of Sony, and/or maybe that has to do with his resignation (i doubt it though), but its really sad for Sony. Big shock! Damn.
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hardmetal  +   2908d ago
I don't know what I should say
But it's a weird move from Phil. I'm surprised that SCE president will take his responsibilities too. How can he manage to handle two high level jobs in the same time?? It means there is a lack of planning or Phil's resigning is somehow related to his attack to the Japanese division for not supporting social gaming which may cause his resigning.

I really don't know. I'm still shocked.
TrevorPhillips  +   2908d ago
i wonder who would take his place i mean phil was a great man.
Korosuke  +   2908d ago
Didn't you read the source though you posted it?
vloeistof  +   2908d ago
oke well did not see that coming.
TrevorPhillips  +   2908d ago
im a 360 fanboy and i gotta say: Theres nothing you can do no more his gone. Gone forever dont go phil stay with sony plz microsoft are evil:(
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ASSASSYN 36o  +   2907d ago
Complete and logical sentences please.
power of Green  +   2907d ago
He claims he's a 360 fanboy and he does have a 360 identity at *least as far as this site is concerned* but somethings wrong.

His comment and news history suggest its a front. For all we know his 360 account could be a shared or issued avatar on one of his friends 360's.

His comment tone and his news post history seem all wrong. Could be wrong though.

Seems like a Smith Agent in the physical world lol. J/K.
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Zip  +   2908d ago
Please quit all your "sniper"/snipa bs ... it becomes booring and unorginal :S
lodossrage  +   2908d ago
It's odd
With playstation 3 finally getting positive feedback, Phil now quits?

Whatever you do Phil, please don't go to EA.

They already have Peter Moore from MS. Just imagine if they took Phil next? EA is already beginning to hold the gaming world hostage as it is.
Genki  +   2908d ago
So now Sony has lost two of it's key players.
Kutaragi and Harrison, who've been around since day 1. I have a bad feeling that without at least one of these folks around, the PS4 is gonna take a turn for the worst.
kevin1122  +   2908d ago
when i read this i was thinking the same thing about the ps4. But i think kutaragi will still help sony with designing it.

can some people help with giving agrees, i hate being limited to two comments.
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lodossrage  +   2908d ago
I wont say ps4 will be doomed
BUT I will say that at least one of those two are necessary (Kutaragi more than Harrison)

@Kevin, you mean give you bubbles, not agrees lol

But sure, why not. I'll bubble you
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sfinXters  +   2908d ago
I wonder where's he going
But, oh well, this happens once in a while, I seriously doubt that this will have any impact whatsoever on the PS3.
TrevorPhillips  +   2908d ago
why phil yyyyyyyyy dont leave sony!
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