The Sony Playstation brand has made it’s mark in the gaming world. The PS2 is a legendary console, and was revolutionary for it’s time back in the early 2000’s. The console has firmly placed itself in the gaming Hall of Fame, selling over 155 million units worldwide, making it the best-selling console of all time. The console was popular even 13 years after launch, untik production was finally halted in January, 2013.
Even after the disconitnuation of the console, new games were still produced until the end of 2013. Sony’s current flagship console, the Playstation 4, has continued the legacy of it’s predecessor and is outpacing the Playstation 2 when it comes to units sold.
But Jim Ryan, President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, doesn’t think any current or future console – including the PS4 – will repeat the same 13-year lifecycle, mostly due to regular smartphone and tablet updates changing mindsets.
During an interview with EDGE at E3 2017, Jim was asked whether he thought there would be further PS4 Pro/ Xbox One X type hardware refreshes this generation.
It’s a very interesting question. The cultural phenomenon of regular updates to smartphones and tablets is without question, perhaps subliminally, coloring mindsets. And the days of a 13-year old cycle will almost certainly never repeat themselves. But equally, a platform is a very delicate ecosystem, and if that platform is to suceed, you’ve got to give those who make content for it the chance to recoup on it. At the end of the day, like it or not, these are businesses.
We struck – and Microsoft has as well – a good balance of innovation within the confines of the platform. Also, services which operate agnostically of particular hardware, like Playstation Nowfor example, are something you’re going to see more of. I think we’re only six months into Playstation 4 Pro, and it’s too early to tell. The Xbox One X hasn’t launched yet. I don’t know if this is the way forward or not.
Is the PS4’s life coming to an end?
But this doesn’t necessarily mean the PS4’s life-span will be cut short way too soon. Back in 2016, Shuhie Yoshada said the PS4 Pro would not not shorten the PS4’s lifecycle. Andrew Cycle also said, back in 2014, that he hoped the the PS4’s lifecycle would last longer than the PS3’s, but he was uncertain whether it would match the PS2’s.
Nevertheless, there is no reason to worry. Your PS4 is still significant for the time being.