Google hired a video games industry veteran who worked for both PlayStation and Xbox

Former Microsoft exec Phil Harrison giving a presentation during an Xbox Media Briefing at E3 2013.

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Former Microsoft exec Phil Harrison giving a presentation during an Xbox Media Briefing at E3 2013.
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Phil Harrison, a former PlayStation and Xbox veteran, is moving from the gaming space to the technology world and announced on Twitter that he is joining Google as a vice president and GM.

Harrison spent over 15 years at Sony, from 1992 to 2008, where he helped the growth of Sony Computer Entertainment’s European arm, with a particular focus on the PlayStation hardware.

After a few years of moving between companies, he landed at Microsoft in 2012, where he worked in the Interactive Entertainment Team for three years.

Sony and Microsoft executives, like Xbox’s official evangelist Larry Hyrb, worldwide boss Phil Spencer, and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s global head Shawn Layden congratulated him on the move.

More recently, Harrison invested in some augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) firms, like The Dream Reality, and although it’s not clear what exactly he will be doing at Google, there’s a good chance AR and VR will somehow be involved.