2020 will see the launch of not only the next Xbox but also its competition over at Sony, which is slowly revealing more and more about its new console. We now know, for example, just how long this next console generation is likely to last for the company. The life-cycle of the PlayStation 5 should last for “six to seven years,” according to Sony’s Masayasu Ito, who was interviewed by Game Informer as part of a big feature about the first 25 years of the PlayStation brand.
As Ito noted in the interview, the gaps between consoles are getting shorter. He explained that, “in the past, the cycle for a new platform was 7 to 10 years, but in view of the very rapid development and evolution of technology, it’s really a six to seven year platform cycle.”
With any longer of a lifespan, Itso notes, “we cannot fully catch up with the rapid development of the technology, therefore our thinking is that as far as a platform is concerned for the PS5, it’s a cycle of maybe six to seven years.”
Having a life-cycle of this length will mean that Sony can react better to the changing world. As Itso puts it, “we should be able to change the hardware itself and try to incorporate advancements in technology. That was the thinking behind it, and the test case of that thinking was the PS4 Pro that launched in the midway of the PS4 launch cycle.”
By the sounds of it, then, we’ll have PS5 consoles in our life for around six or seven years, but there may well be a “PS5 Pro” that comes out during that time with extra features and more powerful capabilities (much like the PS4 Pro did in comparison to the standard PS4).
As we inch close to the PS5 release date, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with all the latest PS5 news.