The Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One were launched just last year, meaning that talk about their successors is probably a bit premature, or is it? Well apparently AMD thinks that the successors to the PS4 and the Xbox One are closer than many of us think, and that the likes of Sony and Microsoft have already begun planning what’s next.
Given that AMD are the ones responsible for some of the components inside either console, perhaps they could be on to something. Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Technology Conference, AMD’s SVP and CFO, Devinder Kumar, was quoted as saying, “[T]he life cycle of the products are probably going to be shorter. Our customers are already thinking about what comes next.”
The predecessors of either console were around for around 6-7 years before the next-gen consoles were introduced, but even today, developers are still developing games for last-gen’s consoles simply because there is an established audience and customer base. However some claim that the reason why the PS3 and Xbox 360 lasted as long as it did was because manufacturing costs were high.
Assuming that technology has advanced to the point where manufacturing such powerful systems are no longer prohibitively expensive, perhaps Kumar is right and that the successors to the PS4 and Xbox One could be closer than we think, but what do you guys think about this? Could we expect to see a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox One 2 (or whatever it will be called) in a much shorter time?