When Sony said the PlayStation 3 had a 10-year lifespan, they meant it.
SCEE boss Andrew House has reasserted that claim, telling CVG that the 50 million units sold thus far is "just the start" for the company's flagship console. House says he always anticipated a lifespan of 10+ years and the only question is…how long is that "plus" part? In fact, 10 years is the minimum. Said House:
"What we've said many times before and we're confident about is we launched a device that is very, very powerful, that has a whole range of possibilities and that's at the very least a ten-year life-cycle. I know I'm guilty of repeating myself but I think it's always worth pointing out we're still selling PlayStation 2 in its millions around the world, 11 years after it was launched.
That's different markets and a different profile of consumers but there's still some vibrant demand. That for me bodes extremely well for where the potential of PS3 will go."
When asked if he thought Microsoft would soon release a console, House simply said- "I think that's a question for Microsoft to address rather than us." Most gamers will probably agree that the PS3 is just fine; we don't need the fourth PlayStation just yet, and most developers agree, too. But yeah, that's an interesting question: how far beyond 10 years might it go?