PlayStation makes major leadership change for end of PS5 generation

A PlayStation CEO change for 2024 has arrived with the company splitting leadership between two divisions for the final half of the PS5 generation.

PlayStation makes major leadership change for end of PS5 generation
Kes Eylers-Stephenson

Kes Eylers-Stephenson

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We now have official confirmation of the PlayStation CEO change for 2024 as the leadership model changes after former CEO Jim Ryan retired. One leader will take on PlayStation Studios and the other will take over the hardware side of the company as we enter the latter stages of the PS5 generation and beyond.

PlayStation's two new CEOs: Hermen Hulst and Hideaki Nishino

From Tuesday, June 1, 2024, PlayStation will have a new leadership structure. Where Jim Ryan once led as the sole CEO for the entire gaming division of Sony, now there will be two leaders reporting to former interim CEO Hiroki Totoki. Totoki will seemingly resume his role as president, COO, and CFO of Sony Group Corporation and is expected to collaborate closely with the new leaders.
On one side of the new leadership divide will be former PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst, who will lead the newly formed Studio Business Group. His responsibility will cover all game-related content. This includes PlayStation Studios, Bungie, and PlayStation Productions (TV and film adaptations of IP).

In response to the new position, Hulst wrote, "I’m excited to continue working with incredibly talented teams and studios to deliver unforgettable game and entertainment experiences."

The other side of the PlayStation business is now called the Platform Experience Group and will be led by new CEO Hideaki Nishino. He will be responsible for "technology, products, services, and platform experience." In short, he's the guy who will be leading the technological push on the PS6 and any future hardware developments.
"We will continue to connect players and creators through world-class products, services, and technology," Nishno stated. "We always strive to grow our community even bigger with innovation in every area at Sony Interactive Entertainment."

Given we are about to enter the second half of the PS5's expected life cycle, this pair of CEOs will likely be responsible for introducing and establishing the PS6, both in terms of its game lineup and its hardware. We're going to be hearing a lot more from them, so you'd better get used to the names.

Tactically, it looks like a good move from my point of view. The big man at Sony, Hiroki Totoki, was clearly pretty shocked at the financial state of some of the game development processes when he stepped in as an interim CEO. Under his brief watch, SIE cut jobs, shut down developers like PixelOpus and London Studio, and significantly reduced the number of live-service games in development.

Jim Ryan, former PlayStation CEOJim Ryan, former PlayStation CEO

With the horrible work of closing studios, making layoffs, and canceling games now overseen, it looks like Totoki and Sony are keen to ensure PlayStation Studios and PlayStation hardware become distinguished entities.

This may help in the long run as specialist CEOs — like Nishino and Hulst — can run parts of the business tailored to them. It's likely also going to help Totoki unravel the leadership structure at PlayStation so he can target specific aspects of the business that need improvement or reinforcement.

I think there is a lot more to come from this leadership restructuring, so I'll keep you posted as we find out more. Ultimately, though, as long as we get more of the best PS5 games — that's all that matters. What do you think of the change? Let me know in the comments below, TrueTrophies team!
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and Sony news. He writes about PS5 exclusives like Horizon, The Last of Us, God of War, and Death Stranding 2 using experience from years of playing PlayStation games. He also covers PS Plus and trophy news, as well as his favorite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and some indie gems — before an evening swim.
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