Just because the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One will launch a new cycle of consoles come November, Sony UK managing director Fergal Gara told VG 24/7 today that older consoles would still stick around for a while.
And as the previous Sony consoles become cheaper and cheaper, Gara said, they become more accessible to different consumers.
“It shows a different regional profile. The fact that we’re a global brand means that the tail is longer in certain markets and the uptake is slower in certain markets,” Gara said. “Then there are emergent markets.”
Gara also pointed toward Sony’s acquisition of the Gaikai as a potentially cycle-extending feature, as the game streaming service could allow gamers to play on a multitude of different platforms through cloud-gaming.
At the very least Gara said Sony expects this next console life cycle to last several years, especially how consoles like the PS4 have evolved so far to feature things like double screen experience, remote play via the PS Vita and utilizing apps.
But Gara did let know that the question of “how long is this next cycle?” is a good one.
“So how does that look in five to seven years? I think it will be really, really interesting,” Gara said.