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According to Sony, “It’s not the decline of consoles, it’s the decline of a generation”

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Shuhei Yoshida

If you’re reading this article on this website, odds are you’ve also read about the apparent demise of the console. President of Sony’s Worldwide development studios Shuhei Yoshida sat down with GamesIndustry.biz and affirmed his belief that there is still innovation that is possible with home consoles:

if we didn’t believe in that we wouldn’t be in this business.

According to Yoshida-san, this generation of consoles has been unusually long, leading to developers maximizing what is possible on current-gen systems:

It’s not the decline of consoles, it’s the decline of a generation. This generation has been the longest on the PS3 and the Xbox, it’s the seventh year. In older times we would have launched a new system already. Really, developers hit the limits after a couple of games on the same system, typically.

While Yoshida-san listed some exceptions, such as Naughty Dog and Quantic Dream, at some point, sequels feel like people have “seen everything before.” In addition, Yoshida-san isn’t concerned about console fatigue after announcing Sony’s plan for a 10-year lifecycle for the PlayStation 4:

If players are excited that means we are doing something right.

We are launching this holiday but we already have plans on the roadmap for additional features and improvements on the services side which will constantly evolve with time.

Strong statements from Yoshida-san, but very accurate ones. What do you think?

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

One comment on “According to Sony, “It’s not the decline of consoles, it’s the decline of a generation”

  1. It made sense until that 10 year lifespan thing. No console should last more than 5 years. 5 years is the upgrade cycle of most PCs, and the console hardware similarly gets taxed after that time. Also note that while the system is designed to maximize performance simply due to lack of differing parts (where PC needs more optimization work put into games), the parts are VERY weak for this generation. It’s, at BEST, an entry level gaming PC as-is in terms of hardware strength. And that’s entry level using un-refined processes (I.E. GTX 6xx and Radeon 7xxx series, as opposed to GTX 7xx and radeon 8xxx), which makes them theoretically even worse. While the bonus from the same-hardware settings will boost this, it’s basically starting at a loss in power and will be surpassed next year easily. Getting games to run at 1080p 60 (will go down to 30fps in a couple years in favour of better graphics, trust me) is nice start and will keep it going a long time, the lull after having to “make it run on this old hardware” that hits after ~5 years is going to stunt gaming again if the consoles aren’t replaced.


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