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With Sony announcing that PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan will be retiring in April of next year, this kind of message from Phil Spencer was inevitable. The Xbox boss has taken to Twitter in order to praise 63-year-old Ryan's impact on the industry, as you'd expect.

"Jim Ryan has been a great contributor to our industry and a fierce leader for PlayStation," writes Spencer. "I wish him the best in what he does next. Thank you for all you’ve done for the community over the last 30 years, Jim."

Of course, it's worth noting that Ryan and Spencer have been on opposite sides of a (still ongoing) courtroom battle over the last couple of years. Ryan was quick to oppose Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and went on to play a significant role in establishing PlayStation's stance on the matter.

But it's sometimes easy to forget that, at the end of the day, Ryan and Spencer are businessmen, and no doubt share a mutual respect for one another. It'll certainly be interesting to see whether Sony and Microsoft's relationship is altered — even slightly — by Ryan's retirement. We suppose it'll all depend on who gets the nod as PlayStation's next CEO.

[source twitter.com]