PlayStation boss Andrew House is set to leave Sony at the end of 2017.

The PS4

The PS4

House took control of the iconic brand in 2011, and has since helped to restore the PlayStation name to the top of its field, overseeing a number of key developments en route.

He is to be replaced by current deputy president John Kodera effective immediately, although he will remain in a new position as chairman until the end of 2017, with Sony determined to ensure there is a smooth transition.

In a statement, House explained: "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.

"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.

"I shall always treasure the friendships and people that have made SIE such a wonderful place to work. I'm also grateful to PlayStation fans and gamers around the world for their loyalty and support.

"John and the team at SIE are world-class and I know the future of PlayStation is very bright."