After a career with Sony spanning almost three decades, Andrew House has made the decision to step down as CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, to be replaced by current Deputy President John (Tsuyoshi) Kodera. House will stay on until the end of the year to ensure a trouble-free transition, and then he’s off.

Andrew House was instrumental in turning the tide of the so-called console wars, taking the reigns as PlayStation boss in 2011. Sony had struggled against the Xbox 360, but made all the right moves with the PS4, which has been outselling Microsoft’s Xbox One almost two to one.

“I’m tremendously proud of what we’ve built with PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment: entertaining millions globally with the best in games and creating a fully fledged digital entertainment company,” said Mr. House. “PlayStation has been a huge part of my life for more than 20 years but with the business having achieved record-breaking success, now seemed to be the right time for me to pursue new challenges.”

PlayStation acolytes need not panic about the departure though, as new CEO John Kodera has been part of the Sony infrastructure since 1992, and has been working directly under House since last year. For all the handshakes and farewell kisses, give the full press release a read.

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