PlayStation Creator Kutaragi Will Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from AIAS

Former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ken Kutaragi, the "Father of PlayStation," will receive the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at next year's D.I.C.E. Summit, the academy announced today.

The ceremony on February 7 will mark the second time a lifetime achievement award has been granted by the academy, with the first going to former Nintendo of America executives Minoru Arakawa and Howard Lincoln this year.

Kutaragi retired from his position as director, chairman and group CEO of SCEI on June 19, replaced by SCEI president Kaz Hirai. He now serves as honorary chairman and senior technology adviser to Sony CEO Howard Stringer.

During his tenure at SCEI, Kutaragi helmed the creation of every major PlayStation product, including the handheld PSP and PlayStation 3.