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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%

Ideally, 7-8 years now because it's taking longer to build games and it's harder for systems in the future to become more powerful ...

Another bonus is that in introducing more expensive platforms means that customers are getting more value for their systems over a longer period of time ...

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I update my pc every 4-5-6 years.

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When I was a kid, a 4-5 year generation seemed like such a long time. Now that I've reached 40, I'm pretty cool with the idea of a 10 year generation. The seventh gen of consoles were able to change with the times and offer entirely new features. I'm still satisfied with that level of graphical detail, actually.

I don't want a PS6 or Xbox whatever to even be announced until 2030.

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6 Years. But it depends on the tech that's available. If the PS5 launched this year it probably wouldn't have been taking advantage of Zen2/Navi tech and been substantially less of a jump due to this, so 2020 seems like the best time.

Switch could be replaced in less than 6 years and I'd be happy. It'll be very outdated if it waits longer. Holiday 2022 for the successor is a good time imo.

The longer the better! I'd be perfectly fine with 10 year generations.

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About 6 years. 5 is fine too, but 6 seems just right.

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Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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I'm ready for the the next gen now. I've grown frustrated with long loading times and weak frame rates. As long as backwards compatible is always a thing, I won't mind adding to my backlog (I'll tackle it when I retire). Storage is also something I would like to see addressed, but it won't be. New tech is always exciting for me, but not weak ass new tech. avoid getting banned for inactivity, I may have to resort to comments that are of a lower overall quality and or beneath my moral standards.

Can't vote on this one, my attitude has changed from generation to generation. avoid getting banned for inactivity, I may have to resort to comments that are of a lower overall quality and or beneath my moral standards.

Mid Gen consoles seem to be the norm now. Expect PS5.5 and Scarlet 1.5 will come through 2024.

Long enough for the system to obtain a large library of quality games, for developers to get comfortable enough with the hardware to make the most of it; and for technology to advance enough to make the leap to next-gen worth it. But not so long to where things start to feel stagnant. I'd say 7 years has been good enough for that in recent generations.


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