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Sony hints that the PS4 lifecycle may be shorter than PS3

Feb 4, 2013
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Microsoft says that the Xbox One is a 10-year console, but what about the PlayStation 4? We asked Sony UK boss Fergal Gara whether the PS4 is in it for the long stretch.

"I think there's reasons to believe that the next cycle might be shorter in markets such as the UK," he said.

"It's probably a sign of the times and how much has changed in seven years, but I think the willingness and the appetite to pick up new technology fast has probably changed quite a bit."

"What we do know is that the uptake [of the PS4] is going to be very sharp," said Gara. "Does that mean this is going to be a much bigger cycle? Maybe. Or it might mean that it's just a bit more compressed into the first few years, that the latter years are a little softer."

http://www.techradar.com/news/gamin...ps4-lifecycle-may-be-shorter-than-ps3-1203461
 

Marvel

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Good.

I can't take another 7 year gen. Four to five ears would be lovely.
 

zomgbbqftw

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Good. PS3 lasted too long. Puppeteer should have been a PS4 title, it would have got much more limelight being a launch title and it's so fucking good. Honestly I think if Puppeteer had launched with the PS4 there wouldn't be a discussion as to the weakness of the launch line up.

I would like to see PS5 in 2018/19 please Sony!
 

entremet

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It's obvious. Overly long cycles are detrimental to this industry. 5-6 years tops.

Everyone against shorter cycles knows that long cycles are outliers in this industry, right? Besides tech moves too fast these days. We've become used to mobile and tablets iterating yearly. For consoles that would be suicide, but this whole 10 year fantasy that Kutaragi promoted is pure poison for the industry that based on tech foremost.
 
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5 to 6 years is fine, provided they continue to support the PS4 after its successor has launched. And Sony have always done that, so there's no reason to assume they won't continue to in the future.
 

Phil4000

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Good, the whole industry suffered a recession as a result of the long cycle last generation.
 
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As long as backward compatibility is a sure thing, I wouldn't mind shorter cycles.

Games will probably be developed for multiple platforms at any given time, engines being highly scalable.
 

Jal

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Microsoft bring out a more powerful console a couple of years after Sony at the risk of being left behind from the PS5? I can't see it.
 
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"I think there's reasons to believe that the next cycle might be shorter in markets such as the UK," he said.

What does he mean by markets such as the UK? Seems odd to single out one market instead of talking about them collectively...
 

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A 5 year or less cycle would be great as long as they make it backward compatible with the PS4, not out of the question if they stick with off the shelf PC parts.
 

x-Lundz-x

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Good, console life cycle should be 6 years max. Just make the next one backwards comatible since we have PC architecture now.
 

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Gaika Streaming
Steam Machines
Oculus Rift and other VR tech

These all point to short lifecycles for this generation. And the sales say that there will be demand (or so I hope)