Ridge Racer fan/PlayStation exec Kaz Hirai to be next president of Sony

Media and electronics giant Sony had an eventful 2011 to be sure. It had the launch of a new handheld, huge PS3 releases like Uncharted 3, the massive hack of PSN, and travails in the company’s other division all lead to a crummy year with big losses. Perhaps all this is what’s leading to management shake-ups that will include a promotion for Kazuo “Riiidge Racer” Hirai.

Above: This never gets old

According to Japanese publication Nikkei (via The Verge), Sony will name Hirai company president next month, with him assuming the responsibilities in April. This move follows the company’s current head Howard Stringer (Sony’s first non-Japanese CEO) being faced with some shareholders calling for his resignation as well as other managerial reshufflings. However, when Kaz takes over as Sony’s president, Stringer will still hold on to his influential position as CEO.

How will this impact gamers? Hirai’s actual plans with regards to Sony will no doubt take months to be materialize, we just hope Kaz still finds time in June to make an appearance at E3 in less than six months. Whether announcing the name of a new system, sharing bar graphs, or mocking his pronunciation of Ridge Racer, Kaz has become as much an institution of E3 as Reggie kicking ass and awkward families demoing Kinect.




  • RedHarlow - January 6, 2012 1:52 p.m.

  • Cyberninja - January 6, 2012 2:01 p.m.

    hopefully his first action is a vita memory card price drop
  • Redeater - January 6, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    It damn well better be. The fact that they waited so long to release the pricing of their mem cards is a pretty good indicator of how ridiculous the pricing is.
  • FoxdenRacing - January 6, 2012 2:35 p.m.

    If anybody can dig Sony out of the hole the past two jokers made, it's Hirai-sempai. I have faith in you, me what you can do to lure me back as a customer.
  • RyoonZ - January 6, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    Congrats Kaz !! I hope you could use your power to tell Konami , Capcom , Square-Enix and whoever that haven't been mentioned to bring back ass-kicking RPG from PS1. You know what I'm talking about , Suikoden , Legend of Mana , Breath of Fire , Wild Arms and I can assure you 10 million copies of each game !!

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