EA Executive Predicts A Shorter Console Lifecycle
A gaming console is an investment, you expect it to last a certain number of years before a newer model is released. With the Ps3 and Xbox 360 we got a solid 7 and 8 years respectively. A number of people in the industry have suggested PS4 and Xbox One won’t last quite as long and EA is the latest to weigh in, echoing the same sentiments.
EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Soderlund expects both consoles to last around 5-6 years. Interestingly, he felt the PS3 and Xbox 360 “may have gone on a little bit longer than I would have wanted.” Personally, they were around just long enough although we were beginning to see the limitations of both.
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“At the same time, you have seen games like The Last of Us and GTA V at the end of a cycle which perhaps you would not have expected a few years ago,” he added. “But a five, six year gap is what I expect going forward.”
In a separate MCV interview, Xbox vice president Phil Harrison dismissed suggestions that the Xbox 360 era was too long.
“Eight years is actually the right time,” he said. “Xbox 360 continues to grow, over 80 million units and counting. And the underlying silicon chip design innovations that allow Xbox One to be what it is, didn’t reach the performance level and price point that we needed until right now. So if we had come out three years ago with a new console, it would not be to the same degree of performance or price that we have now.”
What are your thoughts on the current console generation lifecycle? More specifically, should PS4 and Xbox One be around just as long?