PlayStation 4 Expected to Have 10 Year Lifespan
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.12.2013
PS4 was a learning experience from the PS3...
In an interview with CVG, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida said that he expected the PlayStation 4 to last for decade due to the enormous potential for growth. Below are some highlights:
Yoshida on the lifespan on the PS4: "I would say the same or similar, because the PS4 has an incredible amount of RAM and I don't think any launch titles need that 8GB of RAM. So there's room for growth in both game content and system features. In the middle of PS3 we really hit the limit with what we could do on the system side. We wanted to add the cross-game voice chat that many people asked us about, but we had no room in the system memory at all to add it. So the PS4′s enlarged, very fast memory allows us in the future to improve and add more new features. And at the same time we are continuing to invest and add onto the online services so that, three years from now, the PS4 will be much, much better than PS4 this holiday - and that was the case on PS3 and PS Vita."
Yoshida on being surprised by the cost of the of the Xbox One: "Designing PS4 was all about learning lessons from PS3 - ease of development and the cost of the system is a big part of it. We always wanted to hit $399 and we designed the system and carefully chose out of all the potential inclusions of the core hardware components and we made a system that we could sell for $399. So we just did what we aimed to do and we were hoping that people would like it. I was very surprised about the announcement yesterday by some other company... in a good way."