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Sr. Engineer, Graphics



This role at PlayStation is a great opportunity for a graphics software engineer to join the Global Developer Technology Group at PlayStation HQ in San Mateo, CA. The engineer will assist studios from AAA to Indie, tackle complex engineering problems and research and develop innovative graphics techniques, algorithms, and tools. The role offers flexible working hours and hybrid working, with most, though not all days working from home. Responsibilities include providing direct partner support, researching solutions, debugging code, and improving documentation for partners, creating internal/external developer training content, and mentorship and assistance for other engineers. Requirements include a BS in Computer Science or equivalent, industry and/or academic experience within the supported domain, and strong C/C++ programming ability. The estimated base pay range for this role is $134,900—$202,300 USD.

Job description

Why PlayStation?

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play — it’s also the Best Place to Work. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in entertainment producing The PlayStation family of products and services including PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Plus, acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios, and more.

PlayStation also strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. We welcome and encourage everyone who has a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology, and play to explore our open positions and join our growing global team.

The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

We have a phenomenal opportunity to join our Global Developer Technology Group here at PlayStation HQ in San Mateo, CA. We seek a graphics software engineer to assist studios from AAA to Indie, tackle complex engineering problems and research and develop innovative graphics techniques, algorithms, and tools. If this is you, we want to hear from you!

We offer flexible working hours and hybrid working, with most, though not all days working from home. We don’t have crunch like some game teams and aim to give staff a good work/life balance.

What You’ll Do

  • Support, educate, and push the boundaries of game technology for developers
  • Directed R&D with the opportunity to create new technologies for developers
  • Have ownership of projects that impact PlayStation technology and game engineers directly
  • Work with leading AAA studios and engineers around the world
  • Become an expert in high-end computing graphics technology
  • Focus on graphics and systems technology at the deepest levels and areas of specialization

What You’ll Learn

  • Develop broad and deep understanding of console hardware, graphics, systems, and I/O
  • Insight into leading industry developer’s technology pipelines
  • Learn how PlayStation became the market leader in gaming technology

General Responsibilities and Skills

  • Innovate graphics code and technology to maximize rendering quality and performance on PlayStation platforms
  • Have a support and service-oriented mindset 
  • Proven ability to learn new skills and eager to embrace new challenges
  • Excellent collaborator and ability to work effectively and efficiently with others
  • Excellent communication skills through all mediums (verbal, written, etc.)
  • Comfortable speaking to large groups publicly
  • Enjoys creating educational materials (PowerPoint, articles, etc.)
  • Flexible in areas of development and assignment of tasks
  • Self-motivated and resourceful
  • Acts independently, professionally, and proactively with continuous drive for excellence

Senior Engineer, Responsibilities

  • Provide direct partner support through dedicated online developer portal, conferences calls, 1 on 1 meetings, etc.
  • Investigate and identify issues for developers to resolve blockers through code, technical guidance, and documentation
  • Fulfill department KPIs (Key-Performance-Indicators) which are directly tied to department support metrics such as quality of response, response times, resolution times, etc.
  • Participate in internal/external training which is driven by developer needs. Including but not limited to creation of content for PlayStation partners at public and private events such as GDC, internal developer conferences, webinars, etc.
  • Have ability to
    • Ramp-up quickly on multiple topics/subjects to become the expert
    • Handle and prioritize multiple issues and projects at the same time
  • Mentorship
    • Will Insert yourself as a mentor to junior level engineers
    • Looks to delegate, guide, encourage and assist others
    • Leads by example
  • Will be called upon to help and investigate difficult bugs/issues
  • Provide on-site support with development partners
    • Occasional travel

Senior Engineer, Estimated Work Time Distribution

  • 20% Hands-on time providing deep technical guidance, researching solutions, debugging code, and improving documentation for partners
  • 60% Research, development, and creation of internal / external developer training content
  • 10% Mentorship and assistance for other engineers
  • 10% Participating in meetings, team direction and other administrative tasks

Interests, what you’ve done in the past

  • Have worked with cutting edge graphics technology, R&D, or as a game developer
  • Have experience working with and writing drivers, core technology
  • Obsessed with optimizations and efficiency
  • You like to tinker, reverse engineer, and make things better, faster
  • Have a track record of delivering professional products within time and on budget
  • Tired of long hours crunching at work and not having enough time for yourself and family


  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Industry and/or academic experience within the supported domain (Gfx, Sys, Network, etc.)
  • Industry and/or academic hands-on experience with graphics techniques, languages, APIs, and tools
  • Strong C/C++ programing ability and structured programming knowledge
  • Graphics experience, including understanding of GPU hardware and graphics pipelines
  • Excellent analysis, debugging, problem-solving and code optimization skills

About Global Developer Technology Group (GDTG)

GDTG is regarded as a global leader in providing deep technical expertise to game developers. As an engineer in GDTG, you will be part of a world-class team focused on finding answers and solutions to complex challenges developers face. If you love stretching the limits of what is technically possible, and you are eager to learn new things, then you will fit right in.

Our team works closely with various Sony family groups across the globe from San Mateo, Tokyo, to London, helping to define PlayStation technology now and in the future.


At SIE, we consider several factors when setting each role’s base pay range, including the competitive benchmarking data for the market and geographic location.

Please note that the base pay range may vary in line with our hybrid working policy and individual base pay will be determined based on job-related factors which may include knowledge, skills, experience, and location. 

In addition, this role is eligible for SIE’s top-tier benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, matching 401(k), paid time off, wellness program and coveted employee discounts for Sony products. This role also may be eligible for a bonus package. Click here to learn more.

The estimated base pay range for this role is listed below.
$134,900—$202,300 USD

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender (including gender identity, gender expression and gender reassignment), race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, trade union membership or membership in any other legally protected category.

We strive to create an inclusive environment, empower employees and embrace diversity. We encourage everyone to respond.

PlayStation is a Fair Chance employer and qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records will be considered for employment.

Location: United States, San Mateo, CA

Country: United States

Date found: 2023-02-18

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