Does this mean that the lifecycle of the PS4 has been shortened? The good news is that no, your PS4’s lifecycle is still what it is. This is according to an interview the folks at GamesweltTV conducted with Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s head of worldwide studios in which Yoshida stated that “PS4 is PS4. [The] new high-end PS4 is still PS4, so the lifecycle is not going to be shorter.”
This echoes what we have heard about the PS4 Neo earlier, in which games developed for the console will need to support both the Neo and the standard PS4, which we guess is obvious since gamers would most probably revolt at the idea that their PS4s have become obsolete in favor of the new model.
As it stands, this is also Microsoft’s stance on the matter in which they confirmed that there would not be any games that are exclusive to the Xbox Scorpio, meaning that games playable on the Scorpio are also playable on the current Xbox One. Essentially we can view Yoshida’s statement as a way of saying that the PS4 Neo is simply a variant of the PS4 and is not necessarily designed to replace it.