How Long Will The PlayStation 4 Last?
It's a more interesting question when you consider the potential future of video games.
Many analysts, even Sony themselves, have said dedicated game consoles will eventually become a thing of the past, and digital services will hold sway. Perhaps it's inevitable that the PlayStation brand will only be tied to a service, and the PS4 will be the very last actual game console Sony produces.
If that's the case, do you think this generation will last even longer than the current generation? The PS3 turns seven next month and the Xbox 360 turns eight. No console era has lasted that long, which is probably why we're sensing a lot of "generation fatigue" from both gamers and developers. Of course, the PS3 will likely stick around for a while, although I don't think it will be as successful as the PS2 was after the PS3 launched. So, when Sony expected 10 years from the last two generations, for the most part, they were right.
But will they get another 10 years from the PS4? Or will they get more? Perhaps a lot of it has to do with the power of the system; if designers can continue to tap into more of the machine, the PS4's longevity will be increased. And of course, the console is digital-ready; it's not like you can't keep downloading digital titles a long way down the road, right? That being the case, why can't the console last 15 years or even longer? Will it really have to be replaced? And if so, how soon?
10/17/2013 10:10:13 PM Ben Dutka