Video game industry veteran Phil Harrison is joining Google’s consumer hardware division.
Harrison’s career was primarily spent at Sony, where he helped build the PlayStation brand across 15 years.
His most recent gaming job was at Microsoft, representing the Xbox division as a corporate VP.
His job at Google is a curious twist — he’s directly reporting to Rick Osterloh, Google’s hardware leader.
Why did Google just hire a long-time video game industry veteran for its hardware team?
That’s the big question after the big Twitter announcement on Monday from Phil Harrison, the former Sony and Microsoft executive who joined Google recently as VP and GM in the hardware group.
In one sense, this is a logical move: Harrison is most well-known for his work at Sony, where he helped several iterations of the PlayStation game console become major consumer products. He was there during the PlayStation 2 years, when Sony enjoyed its highest-ever market share of the game-console market.
In another sense, it’s a baffling move: Harrison is a long-term game industry veteran. Google’s efforts in gaming are, at best, limited. There’s no dedicated gaming hardware from the company, unless you consider Google’s Daydream VR headset a dedicated gaming device (which even Google doesn’t). …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology