EA expecting the new console generation to last around 5 or 6 years
EA is expecting that this new console cycle will be shorter than the PS3 and Xbox 360's cycle.
It has been eight years since the Xbox 360 launched which is a pretty mammoth stint given that each previous generation has lasted around five years typically. EA's Patrick Soderlund believes that for the PS4 and Xbox One things will come back down to around five or six years in terms of their main lifespan.
He said, “This console cycle may have gone on a little bit longer than I would have wanted. 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. But a five, six year gap is what I expect going forward.”
This may be at odds with the thinking of the major platform holders though with Microsoft designing the Xbox One with the ability to be constantly on for 10 years supposedly and Phil Harrison stating that eight years was about right for the Xbox 360.
Harrison told MCV, “Eight years is actually the right time. Xbox 360 continues to grow, over 80m 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,” he added, “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. And Xbox 360 had seven years of growth which I think is a record for a console.”
We have to remember that GTA V has just smashed all sales records on current-gen platforms proving that there is still an appetite for good gaming experiences on Xbox 360 and PS3.
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