It goes without saying that this current console cycle is the longest one yet. While “normal” console cycles last for 5 years, the PS3 and Xbox 360 have been going at it for 7 – a factnot lost on Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.
Speaking to MCV, Guillemot thinks this prolonged console cycle should not be repeated and adds they do not want to wait seven years for the PlayStation 5; though admits there are plenty of “revolutionary social features” for the PS4 that will keep Ubisoft developers satisfied for a long time.
No we don’t want to wait seven years for the next one…We will have cloud gaming that will improve over time, for sure. And we certainly have enough novelties for a few years.
So, why doesn’t Guillemot want a prolonged cycle? In a word, it’s all about risk and how they can capitalize on new consoles since they’re more “open.”
The consoles have taken a long time, we’ve been saying it for a long time. It’s really once those consoles come that we can let creative people more risk, and they feel they can take more risk because new consoles can be more open.
They have so many features that they can play with. It’s easier to be a creative person with new consoles, because after four years of people using all the capacity, it’s harder to be innovative. With PS4, we will see new ideas and new ways to approach gamers. And that will excite consumers and excite creators.
Ubisoft is, of course, one of the publishers present during Sony’s PS4 reveal earlier this week. Guillemot & Co. unveiled the PS4 premier for Watch Dogs, which might be the worst kept next-gen secret known so far.
Would you want the PS4 to last another seven years for the PS5 or should Sony transition console cycles faster?