Recently we told you that the PlayStation 4 may be unveiled in 2012, with a release a year or two further down the line. Sony has mentioned that the current console will have a ten year life cycle which has led many people to think we will see its replacement in 2016. Today we have a post looking at the PS3 ten year life cycle and PlayStation 4 release.
The current console has a powerful cell but according to an article by DeShaun Zollicoffe of geekrevolt, it can’t stay competitive for much longer and could even have smartphones being more powerful before long. He points to the recent trailers for Uncharted 3 as an example, as the leap in graphic quality from the first game to the second was much greater.
Many hard-core gamers look at the Nintendo Wii and say it is a last gen console, and this could be the case with the PS3 if it went on for ten years. If the next version of the Xbox was to come out a few years before the PS4, many Sony fans could jump ship and switch allegiances.
When Sony do bring out a new console many gamers will upgrade straight away, and the ten year life span that Sony talk about will suit people who want to get a PS3 on the cheap, as well as parents purchasing one for their young children. We are now seeing developers reaching the limits of the PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360. So both companies are surely already developing their replacements.
When the PS3 first came its predecessor continued to sell well, and late last year passed the 150 million mark in units sold. Sony was late to the party with this generation of consoles, and will surely have something in the pipeline in readiness for when Microsoft shows its hand.
They won’t want to make the same mistakes as before though, as early take up of the PS3 was slow due to the high price of the console when it first released. Sony does continue to upgrade the current console with firmware updates, but this can only go on for so long. Recently there have been rumors of the PS3 getting an official price cut in time for the unveiling of the next gen PlayStation.
It remains to be seen if developers can squeeze more life out of the PS3, as graphic levels hit new highs. What do you think can Sony keep the PS3 going for a whole ten years as its main console? Or do they need a new version soon?