Kutaragi stepping down as PlayStation chief this June

The father of the PlayStation Ken Kutaragi will “retire” on June 15 in light of a dismal PS3 launch. Kaz Hirai will take the helm effective this summer. The AP reports:

“Although Kutaragi will remain an adviser, some U.S. gaming experts said the retirement may have been a face-saving firing and an effort by Stringer to recover from the botched PS3 launch.”

Video games owe a lot to Kutaragi. Makes you wonder what the mood is like at Sony HQ at the moment…