Sony’s CEO Kazuo Hirai has confirmed that a terrifying amount of jobs are to be slashed at Sony, in an effort to cut operating costs.
With recent losses cofirming to hit the $6.4 billion mark, Hirai is centre stage in an attemp to reverse the financial problems that have plagued Sony. Quick off the mark, Sony confirmed the internal shift needed to potentially recuperate the losses will come from a focus on game, mobile and digital imaging:
“Sony is positioning digital imaging, game and mobile as the three main focus areas of its electronics business and plans to concentrate investment and technology development resources in these areas,” said the new CEO.
Although from a business standpoint, this is prospective news, the human cost of such cut backs is terrfying:
“As a result of these measures, Sony estimates that the headcount across the entire Sony Group will be reduced by approximately 10,000 in FY12″
Finally, Hirai has put fears of the digital content on the PSN suffering due to losses to a close:
“The company aims to increase sales by enriching its catalogue of downloadable game titles and subscription services available through the PSN platform, and also by expanding the line-up of PlayStation Suite compatible devices and content.”
According to andriassang, the latest Japanese Vita sales have dropped, in one week, from 12,105 units to 8,931 units with no Vita titles apppearing in the top 20 chart. One good year could turn fortunes around, but business aside, we’d like to wish all those affected the best.