Originally Posted by Servbot24
I agree with 2020.
I say stretch PS4's lifespan as long as possible. I don't want to have to waste another several hundred dollars.
Originally Posted by redfox088
I don't understand why people think this gen will be shorter than the last. I actually think it will be just as long. 2020-2021 release.
Originally Posted by Falchion
I'm all about pushing the new generation as far back as possible so that it's as worthwhile an upgrade as possible.
It's all about this.
Early adopters like to chase tech and have disposable income - $400+ on luxury entertainment devices is not a deal breaker. They buy launch day, so gens feel longer to them compared to the average consumer.
The average consumer isn't really paying attention to launches. They'll notice when a huge game hits the media [Grand Theft Auto, etc] and/or a $100 price break or solid bundle. The average buyer gets in year 3-5, so not only will the gen not be as 'long' for them, they want to get as much out of it as they can so year 8 is not unreasonable. Year 8 also gives early buyers a $50/year pricepoint, which is manageable for those with limited entertainment dollars that still want in on launch day.
On game/tech forums, there are a preponderance of early adopters and people heavily invested into gaming, so we hear from lots of people that want super powerful PS5s four or five years into the gen... but in the grand scheme of things, most console buyers don't care about such things. Sony needs to ride the success of the PS4, and there is little point in undermining the PS4 until it reaches its sales tail.