Worldwide president of Sony Computer Entertainment resigns

Posted by Mark Raby

Tokyo (Japan) - Phil Harrison, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, has announced his resignation ending more than 15 years with the Sony corporation.

Harrison was instrumental in the advancement of the Playstation brand over the past decade or so, especially with the PS3.  He was, however, not seen as much in the spotlight in recent months.  His last major presentation was at the 2007 Game Developers Conference.

"It has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a daily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can," said Harrison in a statement.

Kaz Hirai, who has become the poster child of SCE, will take over Harrison's responsibilities.  "It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very best of luck in his future endeavors," said Hirai.

Although Harrison did not confirm what his future plans are, it has been rumored that he will join Atari in a similar executive position.