Father of PlayStation receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award




Ken Kutaragi, the Japanese engineer who created the very first game console Sony PlayStation, as well as the former head of Sony Computer Entertainment, will receive a lifetime achievement award at the annual ceremony of the Game Developers Choice, which will be held March 19.

In the early ’80s Kutaragi liked to watch his little daughter playing games on the console Nintendo Famicom (known in Russia thanks to clone Dendy). Even then, Ken felt a huge potential hidden in video games. But Sony is in those years was not interested in this market, where Nintendo unconditionally rules ball. But if fate itself Kutaragi gave a chance to realize their dreams. Nintendo sought guidance engineer who would develop a sound processor for their future 16-bit console, Super Famicom, and Ken Kutaragi alone undertook this project. On this project he had to work at night in secrecy from the leadership of Sony, but when the truth is still surfaced, he was nearly fired for arbitrariness. And only Norio Ohga, who at the time was president of Sony Corporation, stood up for his subordinate and allowed him to bring the work to the end. As a result, Kutaragi created a stunning sound processor SPC700, whereby Super Famicom beat all its competitors in sound quality and music.

Despite the fact that between the companies Sony and Nintendo began a relationship guide, Sony continued to look with disdain toward the gaming industry. And here in the course of things again intervened case. Kutaragi commissioned by Nintendo developed disc drive for Super Famicom, Nintendo president but suddenly felt that they were wasting Sony pulled in its internal affairs and broke the deal. To avoid losing the money invested in the development, Ken Kutaragi Sony persuaded the president to create a disk drive based on your own gaming console. He was good, and so in 1995, was born the first console Sony PlayStation. Kutaragi ideas about success can be judged by the fact that to date has sold slightly more than 102 million of these consoles.

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After the huge success of its first gaming console Sony willingly began to invest heavily in the development of this area of ​​its activity. In 2000 was born the PlayStation 2, which sold around the world circulation of 155 million pieces. Kutaragi again headed the project and designed much of the interior decoration console yourself. In 2004, Ken Kutaragi is among the hundred most influential people in the world by the magazine Times.

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But with the PlayStation 3 from Sony came out not so smooth as we would like. The architecture of the new console was too complicated for developers, and the production cost was incredibly high. As a result, the Japanese company has lost a lot of money in the first years after the start of sales of PS3, and Ken Kutaragi has lost all credibility and leadership immediately after launch PlayStation 3 on sale resigned as president of Sony Computer Entertainment. Took his place known to all of us Kazuo Hirai , who in 2013 will become president of the entire corporation Sony.

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Currently Ken Kutaragi is the honorary chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment, as well as a professor who has lectured at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. Lifetime Achievement Award, which is going to give Ken Kutaragi at the upcoming ceremony certainly appreciate this talented engineer who gave us so many wonderful moments spent in his game consoles PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. Symbolically, the award from the hands of Kutaragi get Mark Cerny, who is an old friend, as well as the chief architect and creator of the next generation console PlayStation 4 .
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