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Digital Pioneer behind CD and PlayStation, Dies

The man credited with establishing the Sony brand by launching compact discs and the PlayStation, Norio Ohga, has died of organ failure aged 81.

‘It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony’s evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and games, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san’s foresight and vision,’ Howard Stringer, Sony’s chairman and chief executive, said.

He added: ‘By redefining Sony as a company encompassing both hardware and software, Ohga-san succeeded where other Japanese companies failed.’

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