Sony Computer Entertainment has hired a high-ranking executive who was specialized on video games for Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect motion sensor. George Andreas will likely play a key role in development of next-generation games for Sony Move motion sensing controller, which should give Sony an advantage a couple of years from now.
It is hard to overestimate the impact of Kinect on sales of Xbox 360. But the success of Kinect was heavily influenced by the quality of games that took advantage of the motion sensor, such as Kinect Sports. George Andreas, who was a creative director at Rare/Microsoft Game Studios from 2008 to 2011 and game director at Rare/MGS from 2011 to 2013, worked very closely with internal Microsoft creative teams to help incubate new concepts and help understand emerging creative/technology opportunities, such as Kinect.
Most recently, Mr. Andreas was working on “new Microsoft initiatives”, which probably meant certain new technologies, including those involving improved Kinect sensors as well as other concepts.
However, it appears that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe managed to offer George Andreas something more interesting and starting this months he is a creative director at SCEE.
Numerous executives from Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft Xbox division switch companies from time to time, bringing experience and ideas from one to another. It always remains to be seen how a particular person can influence the success of a platform and the history of video games.