Andrew House has stepped down from his position as president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

He has been replaced by his deputy John Kodera, but will remain on board at SIE as director and chairman until the end of the year.

"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," House said.

"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."

House has been with Sony for 27 years, and in that time moved from corporate communications to marketing and communications at Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., where he contributed to the launch of the first PlayStation.

In 2011, he was appointed president and group CEO of SCE, assuming overall responsibility for the PlayStation business worldwide.

That saw him preside over the launches of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR. The former has since become the fastest-growing platform in PlayStation history, and is set to reach cumulative sales of 78 million units this fiscal year.

“When I passed the baton of leadership for Sony Computer Entertainment to Andrew House in 2011, I was confident that I was leaving the PlayStation business in the best possible hands, and so it has proved," said Sony Corporation president and CEO Kazuo Hirai.

"I’m extremely grateful to Andy for the great contribution he has made to evolving the PlayStation business, and firmly positioning it as one of the drivers of our future growth."

Kodera said he was grateful for the trust placed in him by "Kaz and Andy".

"I intend to build on the amazing progress Andy has made enhancing the PlayStation brand and expanding the game and network services business, and will strive to further strengthen the unique value proposition we are able to offer via the PlayStation platform," he said.