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Hypothetically Speaking: What if the Next Gen Lasts 5 Years?

Hypothetically Speaking: What if the Next Gen Lasts 5 Years?

Nov 29, 2013

Hypothetically Speaking is a series of short, hypothetical scenarios looking into the Gaming Industries potential future and past, had it taken an alternative route along the way as a means to prompt discussion. Join in the chat @GamingIQ  and comment below

Hypothetically speaking, what would your reaction be if the next generation of game consoles only lasted for 5 years? 

This comes after the news of Patrick Soderlund, the executive vice-president of EA Studios, predicted that the next round of consoles will only last around 5 to 6 years. Considering the fact that the generation that just passed, consisting of the PS3 and Xbox 360, managed to stretch it out to 8 years. And will continue to gain support. The PS2 had Fifa 14 this year, marking it’s final game (for now). With this trend, you would think each console generation should get longer. It appears those within the industry think differently.

Yves Guillemot, the CEO of Ubisoft, seems to think that five years would be the correct timeframe, to allow for technology upgrades and the potential of cloud computing. Many claim the new generation has come too early, as some of the best games have been released recently, like The Last of Us and GTA V, as developers manage to truly embrace the consoles.  Are we cutting their lifeline short, and could there be more potential to squeeze out of them yet?

Could we see consoles being introduced more frequently, with next gen consoles being less powerful in comparison to their predecessor, and cheaper in price? Many people are more swayed by the quality of games these days, as if you want the most powerful device on the market, the PC is your platform of choice. As it is entirely upgradable, it can be modified and updated indefinitely to suit your own needs. So will next gen consoles need to keep up in the future? Or is it more about the games that are on them?


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Where do you stand on this matter? What are your predictions?

Would you welcome another generation of consoles in 2018? Or would you rather wait another 8, or maybe 10, years for the next round? Would developers be able to make the most of the new consoles in 5 years, even if it is similar to PC architecture and easier to develop for? Could it keep the gaming industry fresh and exciting?

What would you want to see from the PS5 or Xbox (Too)? Such as cloud computing, disc-less gaming with digital distribution, or more power? Perhaps Nintendo will release a console sooner, forcing Sony and Microsoft to think fast?

Let us know your thoughts below! Or hit us up @GamingIQ


Adam Barsby is a writer for Gaming IQ, alongside running Social Media. If you are partial to stalking, you can follow him on Twitter @barsby3, or read his articles here. 


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