So what happened to the Father of the PlayStation? To say Kutaragi was pushed out because of the PS3 isn't seeing the full picture. Yes, PS3 is costing Sony quite a bit right now (still a far cry from the $5 billion Microsoft has lost on the Xbox platform over the past few years), but you're expected to recoup these costs as hardware prices come down and software sales go up.
No, the real problem was that Kutaragi was a fantastic engineer, not executive. He had little interest in the politics that came with the job. This is why Kaz Hirai took his place.
But in all of this hubbub surrounding his departure, what's perhaps been overlooked is that this may have been what Kutaragi had also wanted. As he once told Newsweek, "We have so many things to create, but unfortunately for me I have a lot of responsibility right now...This was not in my dream."
With the PS3, Kutaragi delivered perhaps the ultimate games and entertainment machine - what remains to be seen is if this is what the world actually wants. But to say that he's ended his career in shame - Kutaragi deserves better than that. He was more than just the father of the PlayStation, he was in a lot of ways the father of modern gaming.
Maybe Kutaragi will actually just take it easy for a change: "My first dream...was to retire when I was 50." Now, six years past the age of 50, he's done this.