After 36 years of experience, Masayasu Ito, the PSP, PS3, and PS4 designer, the company announced his retirement. Lin Tao, the current director of Japan Asia partner development and relations, will fill the position.
PS4 designerMasayasu Ito joined Sony in 1986
Ito, a mechanical engineer by training, joined Sony in 1986 and went on to work for the PlayStation division. His LinkedIn profile includes information about his involvement in the PSP, PS3, and PS4, but it hasn't been updated in a while, and there are conflicting reports about his design work on the PS5. Regardless, it's the PS4 that Ito is most well-known for.
As Sony fully focused on the PS4, Ito said third-party games were working hard on the handheld, leading to disappointment among gamers. Following the PS4's successful launch, Ito said the company planned to include a PlayStation camera with the system, but it would have lost too much money.
Ito said in a 2019 interview with Famitsu that he was satisfied with his work on the PS4 and that he was satisfied with how it turned out. Following a difficult period with the PS3, Ito wanted the company to rebuild its glory, especially during the PS1 and PS2 era, which he helped Sony achieve by working with architect Mark Cerny.
Ito san, good luck!
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