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Microsoft has potentially gained a big advantage in the next-gen console war between the Xbox Scarlett and PlayStation 5. The Xbox Scarlett console has been given a holiday 2020 release date by Microsoft. The PS5 is expected to launch around the same time. But with approximately 12 months to go before the new consoles are available worldwide, Sony has lost a key player in the PlayStation's success. In a shock announcement on Twitter, Sony revealed that Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden is stepping down from his position.

"It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden will be departing SIE," reads a Sony tweet.

"His visionary leadership will be greatly missed. We wish him success in future endeavors and are deeply grateful for his years of service. Thanks for everything, Shawn!"

Layden's tenure coincided with some of the PlayStation's most memorable exclusives, including Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4, Bloodborne, Spider-Man and God of War.

That's on top of upcoming blockbusters like The Last of Us: Part II, Ghosts of Tsushima and Death Stranding.

Whoever replaces Layden will not only be responsible for overseeing the launch of the aforementioned games, but also for the release of the PS5 next year.

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