I won’t deny I like looking at our Facebook page and admiring all the attention I’m getting, but while I was scrolling through the posts trying to find one that held a link to one of my articles, I saw something that made me hesitate for a moment.
I stopped scrolling and looked at what laid before me…
It was just a 30-second click-bait video explaining why the next Playstation console will come out in 2018.
Now, this video, of course, was just click-bait. However, the guy behind the prediction, Damian Thong, is an analyst who correctly predicted the release of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. I’m not sure this should be taken seriously, but for argument’s sake, I’m gonna.
So first off, it really hasn’t been that long since the original PS4 released, it’s only been 4 years. So why in the world would Sony release a new system so soon? And keep in mind, we’re not talking about another variation on the PS4, we’re talking full-on PS5. A brand new console with an entirely new structure and specs and software, that’s what’s going on here.
The PS3 along with the Xbox 360 had a lifespan of about 7 years before the next gen consoles came out. We lived with that technology for 7 years, if we were talking about a computer, we’d be talking about some serious wear and a lot of obsolete parts. Of course, there were other versions of the consoles that came out as the years rolled on, but the main point here is that the technology changed relatively very little throughout the PS3’s life cycle. Here we are, 2017, about half the time has gone by and yet we’re going to expect another console? If they were able to maintain development on last gen for so long, why quit so soon?
So why are these companies making such different choices? What needs to happen in the future for us to keep buying consoles with yesterday’s tech? Read on for more…