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PSP, PS3 and PS4 Designer Masayasu Ito to Retire Next Month

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SIE director Masayasu Ito is set to resign from Sony next month after 36 years. According to a report from Bloomberg, his resignation is due to his decision to retire.

Ito moved to Sony Computer Entertainment in 2000, where he was in charge of designing various features and hardware for Sony's PlayStation consoles. Ito designed the PSP, the hardware for the PS3, and both the hardware and system software for the PS4.

The PSP had its North American release back in 2005 and, at the time, was the most powerful handheld console on the market. The system was the main competitor to the Nintendo DS. Despite being possessing superior technology, the PSP proved to be less popular than the DS due to the latter appealing more to the casual gaming market.

Sony announced Ito's resignation via a blog post, alongside the appointment of Lin Tao as Representative Director and Executive Vice President and Kiichiro Urata as director.

Ito's retirement date has reportedly been set for Oct. 1, 2022.