The console market has changed, we will be seeing new hardware from one or multiple competitors on a yearly bases. Sony and Microsoft both made the decision to go to a more consumer electronics like release cycle with PS4 and XBO when they choose standard hardware and APUs. As a result, they will be one upping each other every other year, and at times their will be head to head battles.
That will never happen.
Now if you said we would see nw hardware at every node shrink? then I would totally agree with you.
What has made these current itterations possible is the node shrink from 28nm to 14/16nm. There is nothing happenning in the industry thats significant enough to warrant any new itterations till 7nm nodes come along.
And if the industry keeps its currnt pace, we will see node shrinks every 3-4years.
7nm nodes are due to become mainstream/available around 2019. So expect new hardware in 2020.
I was taking into account new form factors. I fully believe Sony and Nintendo will put out more options to build out their ecosystem, considering how important their hardware and ecosystems are. It would not shock me to see a Portable PS4 next year, and a Switch Mini. Then a PS4 and XBO revision in 2019, followed by a Switch revision in 2020, and so on and so forth.
It just seems like we have reach a point where they are no longer trying to compete head to head at the same launch, and they are all willing to take time and try to capture the spot light in their own window.
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