Sony Says PlayStation Neo Won’t Shorten PS4 Life Cycle
This generation of consoles has gotten pretty interesting recently, with both Sony and Microsoft now planning to launch significantly more powerful mid-generation consoles that offer full backwards compatibility with what is currently out there. While having a more powerful PS4 on the market might be cause for concern for original PS4 owners, Sony’s WorldWide Studios head has said that the PS4 Neo won’t shorten the PS4’s life span.
"Well no, PS4 is PS4, you know the new high-end PS4 is still PS4, so you know the lifecycle is not going to be shorter," Yoshida said in an interview with Gameswelt.TV (via NeoGAF).
He was responding to a question about if console generations were getting shorter as companies like Sony, and Microsoft with Project Scorpio, release hardware upgrades before a console cycle has ended.
From the way Yoshida answered the question, it seems like he wants to stress that Neo and PS4 will complement each other. Neo will be the more high-end (and thus more expensive) model, while the standard version will be more affordable and still capable of hosting great-looking games such as Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.
Yoshida's comments match up with what PlayStation president Andrew House said this month when he announced Neo. "It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4," he said at the time. "We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle."
As for why Sony is introducing new hardware in this way to begin with, House said it comes down to how the company is responding to consumer behavior.
"The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PCs," House said of this new strategy to offer a more powerful version of the same system.
Sony confirmed that it was working on a new "high-end" PS4, codenamed PlayStation 4 Neo, ahead of its E3 press conference earlier this month. The console was not shown at E3, however, despite rumours suggesting that it is due to launch relatively soon.
Microsoft, meanwhile, announced the first official details on its next Xbox console Project Scorpio, confirming that it will feature a 6 teraflop GPU and will launch in late 2017. The announcement took Yoshida by surprise, however.
"I was surprised [Microsoft announced Scorpio]," Yoshida said earlier in the interview. "I was not expecting them to talk about [it]. It's very very super interesting what they are doing."
Yoshida's comments echo those of Sony Interactive president Andrew House, who said last week that he was "surprised by the step of announcing something over a year ahead of time."
"The dynamics of the tech industry are such that there's a much heavier emphasis on immediate gratification than there was," he said. "A lot of that is to do with how Apple has very cleverly and elegantly managed the 'available now' approach. So yes, that was a slight surprise to me."
Well, it's good to hear from Yoshida that the PS4 Neo won't shorten the PS4's life cycle. I'm not planning to buy the PS4 Neo when it comes out, as I'm already ok with my current PS4. How about you guys?
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6/23/2016 1:54:24 AM Drew Constantino