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Soundwave said:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2020/09/16/ps5-retail-units/

Ryan said he expects up to four years for the PlayStation 4′s expected life span, which makes sense considering the console’s large install base. The PlayStation 2 had a life span of about 13 years, and developers continued to support it several years after the PlayStation 3 approached its middle age.

“The PS4 community will continue to be incredibly important to us for three or four years,” Ryan said. “Many will transition to PS5, we hope if we do our job well, but tens of millions will still be engaged with the PS4.”

Basically console generations are kinda over as you knew them. You will have these kinds of "phased transitions" as a standard I think for everyone. 

I'm a bit confused by this opinion when every PS console since the PS1 has overlapped with it's successor for a few years. There's always been phased transitions. It's not a new concept. 

Anyhow, this makes logical sense. The PS division makes so much money off it's network services that of course the PS4 will continue to be supported past the PS5. What is a little disappointing, though entirely in line with how Sony goes about their 1st party offerings, is that certain games which seemed next-gen only are indeed cross-gen. Perhaps the insiders saying that Sony has moved all PS4 development to PS5 fueled the expectations, but again it makes sense.

Sony doesn't need you on the PS5 day 1. The more embedded you become into PSN on PS4, the less likely you are to move to anything else but the PS5. 



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Blood_Tears said:
smroadkill15 said:
It really makes MS 1-2 years not seem so bad now, does it?

PS4 lifespan as it relates to Sony's 10+ year support plan has nothing to do with MS wanting all their 1st party titles on X1 for 1 to 2 years. Apples to Oranges and completely off topic. 

Is it though? You can say for a fact Sony won't announce any more games for the ps4 considering they were more than happy to hide the fact Horizon and others will be on Ps4? 



It's for the best really.

Doesn't make any sense to just abandon a platform that's still thriving and profitable.
Hardware sales may be slowing down (Covid boost aside), but they're still making a killing off software.

Most of the games that they already had in development for the PS4 that were scheduled to release post-PS5 launch should be cross-gen since it would make the most sense to start the transitional phase of your user base onto the next platform while also milking the cow of your last platform for every last drop it's got.

That said, I do think they could have done a better job of giving the PS5 a stronger launch and giving their user base a bigger, more urgent incentive to make the jump. But, given the circumstances, I'm willing to cut 'em some slack.



They plan to keep makeing PS4's for another 3 years?

Unless they can hit the 150$ area with the slim, they honestly shouldn't even bother.



JRPGfan said:

They plan to keep makeing PS4's for another 3 years?

Unless they can hit the 150$ area with the slim, they honestly shouldn't even bother.

It ain't about moving more hardware, it's about milking the system for every last drop it has while it's still very profitable.

The PS3 was able to last another 4 years after the PS4 launched and it still moved a ton of software on top of selling another 5.6 million units. 

I'm sure the PS4 has another 3 years in its tank.



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PAOerfulone said:
It ain't about moving more hardware, it's about milking the system for every last drop it has while it's still very profitable.
Well the article says nothing about hardware plans. But what those hardware plans are isn't clear. They haven't announced end to production, and typically lastgen production continues to be relevant in non-core markets (which American article doesn't seem focused on). If they are continuing production, it would make sense for new production standard to use newer process for APU... possibly even offering discless version? Certainly the hardware question seems relevant to topic of PS4's ongoing relevance, but doesn't seem like it's been publically addressed so far.

They won't ship many more consoles, but 3rd party devs will still release a few games for 3 or 4 years as they say.



Blood_Tears said:
smroadkill15 said:
It really makes MS 1-2 years not seem so bad now, does it?

PS4 lifespan as it relates to Sony's 10+ year support plan has nothing to do with MS wanting all their 1st party titles on X1 for 1 to 2 years. Apples to Oranges and completely off topic. 

Not only off topic but trolling as well, as he has a habit of doing... >_>



Another 3-4 years?!? Then where's the overdue price cuts man!!

Need to hit that splendid 150mil



Well the PS4 is a very useful and well made console. I have no doubt that it will last longer than 3-4 years as a fair number of people will want to continue using it.



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