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I prefer...

5 years or less 9 14.29%
 
6 years 22 34.92%
 
7 years 16 25.40%
 
8 years or more 16 25.40%
 
Total:63

Do you miss the days of 4-6 year generations, or do you like the longer 7-8 year gens we have now?

Do you get bored after a few years and want all new hardware, (not just mid-gen revisions) or do you like it when a console goes for a long time before being replaced?

Last edited by curl-6 - on 06 July 2019

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For my backlog's sake I prefer 5-6 year gens. New generations have slow starts, so I can catch up when they announce new consoles. For game quality, 7-8 year gens are much better, which in turn bolsters my backlog...

I guess I will have to choose the 7-8 for better games.



I prefer the 7-8 year gens like the PS3/X360 had

Something about this current gen already feels short imo, even though by the time the new ones come out in 2020 it will have been 7 years. I just feel like there's still a lot more that can be done on PS4/XB1 and I would have been completely fine with 2021 for new consoles tbh 



I like a generation to occur when the technology is ready to deliver a significant leap on all fronts. With the rate at which technology is growing, I would like to see generations get even longer, but have optional upgrades like PS4 Pro and XBO X come out more regularly. The next generation is coming about 2 years too early based on what I am seeing. I think a PS4 Premium this year on 7nm with a 3GHz Jaguar and a 10TFLOPs GPU would have suited us just fine, until a full generational leap was ready in 2022.

I really hope that Microsoft and Sony have built the PS5 and Scarlett with many upgraded models in mind. I wouldn't mind upgraded models every 2 - 4 years depending on new tech, with PS6/XB5 not arriving until 2030 at the earliest.

With development cycles lasting 3, 4, 5, or even 6 years now, the idea of a 4 - 6 year console cycle is hysterical. At that rate, we would have console that never get a lot of AAA franchises as development time would completely skip generations. Much better off giving developers time to build towards a controlled architecture, and allow them to easily scale up to upgraded devices within the same architecture for those that want to go after higher resolutions and frame rates in the console space.



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Both end of the spectrum definitely do have their advantages but personally I think it's fine if we end up moving on to another console each 6-7 years or so, else I would never be able to complete my backlog :P



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For me personally the hunt for ”MOAR POWWAH” is kind of dull and not needed any more.

Extend the cycles and try to bring something truly unique instead.



Five, this gen has been weak from the onset and worse by the current gen closure.



7 years I think is the sweetspot for me, but that might become longer over time.



KBG29 said:
I like a generation to occur when the technology is ready to deliver a significant leap on all fronts. With the rate at which technology is growing, I would like to see generations get even longer, but have optional upgrades like PS4 Pro and XBO X come out more regularly. The next generation is coming about 2 years too early based on what I am seeing. I think a PS4 Premium this year on 7nm with a 3GHz Jaguar and a 10TFLOPs GPU would have suited us just fine, until a full generational leap was ready in 2022.

I really hope that Microsoft and Sony have built the PS5 and Scarlett with many upgraded models in mind. I wouldn't mind upgraded models every 2 - 4 years depending on new tech, with PS6/XB5 not arriving until 2030 at the earliest.

I don't really understand this notion of wanting upgraded models of the same hardware or whatever. PS4 Pro and Xbox One X already kinda boggle my mind in that regard, it's just... isn't it just better to get a PC at that point? To me the whole idea of consoles is that it's this one machine, that no matter where you go or whose console you turn on, it'll run everything exactly the same as yours - that games are built and optimized to perform in a certain way for this one system. Having many different iterations of the same console, with varying degrees of power, it's just a PC thing to me. But, to each their own, I guess.



Im fine with them lasting like 7+ years.

Esp with how advancements in technology arnt progressing as fast as before.
And with how theres deminishing returns now in graphics gains.
plus factor in developement times for games has grown..... short gens dont make as much sense as before.