The PS4 and Xbox One generation will last 5-6 years

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The Playstation 4 is out now in Europe, and soon in SA, marking the end of the PS3 era. It’s been a great ride for the Sony fat boy since it arrived in 2006, following the 2005 launch of the Xbox 360. That’s a console generation of 8 years. And the latest one could be much shorter.

PlayStation 4 is out tomorrow across the UK and Europe, hot on the heels of Xbox One. It’s a crazy time, but EA’s executive vice-president of EA Studios Patrick Soderlund reckons that we’ll be doing the next-gen dance all over again by 2018-19. He feels it’ll be a shorter cycle.

Speaking to MCV, EA’s executive vice-president of EA Studios Patrick Soderlund feels that the newly arrived console generation will have a lifespan of 5-6 years. “This console cycle may have gone on a little bit longer than I would have wanted,” Soderlund said.

At the same time, you have seen games like The Last of Us and GTA V at the end of a cycle which perhaps you would not have expected a few years ago. But a five, six year gap is what I expect going forward.

The key to keeping an audience according to Soderlund, will be constant innovation while moving forward. And that’s where Titanfall comes into the EA strategy. Thanks to an enthusiastic response for the Respawn game, EA reckons that they have a solid direction going forward. “That response is telling us that gamers don’t want to play the same game every year,” Soderland said.

And even the games we build on an iterative basis, we have to make sure we keep on innovating or people won’t give us their money.

The Xbox 360 and PS3 had a lengthy life, and honestly, most gamers did not mind that at all. And I wouldn’t be too surprised to hear that Microsoft and Sony are already working on new successor consoles for the Xbox One and PS4.

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Last Updated: November 29, 2013

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