Shu Yoshida© Sony Reconsidered

PlayStation 4 was all about indie in its earlier years -- with various developers having the chance to get up on Sony's E3 stage and show off their titles to the masses. No Man's Sky was a perfect example of that, an experience that gained huge exposure from its conference success. Some would argue that the hardware manufacturer has moved away from that initiative in the past few years, but it looks like it remains a very clear focus for the Japanese giant.

We can say that because Shuhei Yoshida, the now-former president of SIE Worldwide Studios, has taken up a new role ahead of the PlayStation 5 which will see him "look after and nurture external, smaller independent studios". In a statement given to GamesIndustry.biz, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said: "Everybody knows just how passionate Shu is about independent games -- they are lifeblood of the industry, making our content portfolio so special for our gamers."

The new position is said to be all about "celebrating external developers that are creating new and unexpected experiences". This news comes off the back of Hermen Hulst's promotion to Head of PlayStation Worldwide Studios following Shawn Layden's departure last month.

Are you happy that Sony is seemingly focusing on the indie scene once again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

[via gamesindustry.biz]