The Sony PlayStation 3 is almost five years old now, and according to many source the current lifecycle is ten years. However, this goes against previous version of the popular console, as the PS2 was released in 2000, with its predecessor coming out just six years later. If we were to look at that, then one can assume that the PS4 will be released in 2012 sometime. We do have reason to believe that the Xbox 720 will beat it to market.
There has been much speculation as to the release date and also the design of the upcoming console, but which is of more importance? For us we feel that Sony should not be pressured into rushing anything, as they need to get the design right. It’s all well and good having a device that has awesome hardware, but if it looks like a tank, chances are it might not sell.
Having said that, Sony is wise and we have seen time and again that the Japanese consumer electronics company develops consoles that do not look like they have been designed by the US army. We do not want to upset any Xbox fans, but it is a known fact that previous versions of their consoles have shared similar design attributes to a tank. In the past Microsoft went for what was on the inside rather than the outside, and that paid off for them, but cannot see Sony doing the same?
It’s not just the design that Sony needs to get right with the PS4; it’s also the price as well. We say this because they went over the top with the amount of hardware specs on the PlayStation 3, (such as Blu-ray) and it was the user who suffered, as they had to pay for the privilege. In time the price of the PS3 did fall, but not before the Xbox 360 was able to pound them into the ground when it came to sales.
If you had to choose what would you rather, Sony announce a release date for the PS4, or they take their time to get the design perfect?