Sony announced that they are selling their whole PC division. The Vaio brand and business will be sold off to Japan Industrial Partners. 250 to 300 employees will be following, but 5,000 others will lose their jobs.
“As a part of the business transfer to JIP, Sony will cease planning, design and development of PC products. Manufacturing and sales will also be discontinued after the Spring 2014 lineup to be launched globally.”
The good news is that any warranties on existing products will still be upheld by Sony, the bad news is obvious. Sony is expecting a net loss of $1.1 billion in the fiscal year ending March 2014. There will be 5000 layoffs within the company, and Sony will be moving their Television business into a separate unit.
The loss of jobs is terrible news. I’ve mentioned before how much of a bummer that is. But at the very least, the gaming division on Sony has seen some lovely growth thanks mostly to the launch of the PS4. Sony has stated they will be focusing more on mobile and tablet development, as well as their Television and PlayStation products.
Getting rid of the Vaio brand by selling it off will hopefully recoup some of their losses for the year. It’s a pretty big move by Sony, but then again their PC brand didn’t enjoy much popularity anyway. It’s better they focus on the stuff that actually made them money. If only so many people weren’t made redundant because of it.
Last Updated: February 7, 2014