How long do you think a generation cycle should last?

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#1 Posted by TF626 (592 posts) -
I am still enjoying this current generation, but it has been quite long. Do you think the next generation systems will have a shorter life cycle? Considering sales are down, or has technology peaked where they need to make it last several more years to develop newer technologies?
#2 Posted by campzor (34932 posts) -
5 years
#3 Posted by Vickman178 (866 posts) -

5-6 years no more no less.

#4 Posted by Armoured_Mage (766 posts) -

4-5 yrs

#5 Posted by thedarklinglord (662 posts) -
5-8 years, with continued support for that generation for an additional 5 years - unless backwards compatibility is an option. While it's probably just a steaming pile of PR sound bite ponyloaf, I really appreciate Sony's stance that a new console shouldn't be released until it can offer a substantial improvement over the current generation. If the technology advances more rapidly, where it makes sense to launch a new console just 5 years after the last, then I'd have no issue with that (again, provided the previous generation is still supported and not immediately dump and forgotten like the original XBox was). But pushing out a new console with only marginally improved graphics, a few extra frames per second, and some lame gimmick (like a tablet controller or motion/voice controls) just to get something new out there? Not interested.
#6 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

While this current generation has been a bit long, I do like the added length. I think around 6-7 years is an ideal length for a generation.

#7 Posted by NiKva (8180 posts) -
As long as it takes for developers to have maxed out their games.
#8 Posted by Devil-Itachi (4380 posts) -
It depends.. but in general around 6-7 years for the next systems to arrive and 10+ years before the generation is actually removed from store shelves.
#9 Posted by jsmoke03 (13125 posts) -

8-10 years is good for a generation cycle. i think this would have been better and gamers would have welcomed a longer cycle had developers made a more varied market like the ps2. $60 a game really killed the market and the interest of most gamers

#10 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6045 posts) -
I think the Sony ideal of ten years is right. Considering I generally wait 3-4 years to buy a new console, i still want to feel like I haven't missed the boat by seeing a new console on the horizon 2 years later. Frankly, I don't think this generation has had nearly enough time to develop. That's why I'll be glad to buy a Wii U- it is more of an extension of this generation than the forerunner of the next- and that's just what I'm looking for. And to everyone who loves to hate on Nintendo's next money machine: it's launch titles contain ports of games coming out late in the life of the current consoles. What will the machine produce 7 years from now?
#11 Posted by sukraj (23818 posts) -

10 years

#12 Posted by contracts420 (1956 posts) -

I'd say 10 years is pretty solid. While some believe 5, that is just too short for them to be profitable in the long run. Many gamers won't even purchase a new generation of console till 2 or 3 years into its lifecycle and with only about 2 years left to look forward to, they'd be less willing to even bother with any new consoles.

I'd like this gen to continue, we are getting games like AC3, Bioshock Infinite, FarCry 3, The Last Of Us, GTAV, it becomes tough to justify a new console when we are still getting titles like these from current hardware.

#13 Posted by Archangel3371 (16136 posts) -
I prefer the typical 5 to 6 years myself.
#14 Posted by Ashley_wwe (13412 posts) -

Just like contracts420 said, many gamers probably don't get a new console (well, I'm not sure on the actual stats) until at least a year or 2 after, so there is that to think about as well. I think a console's life cycle should be at least 6 years. With that being said though, I am still enjoying this current gen. For me, there is no real rush just yet. Games are still getting better this gen and there are still amazing games!

#15 Posted by i-rock-socks (3300 posts) -

four iphones

#16 Posted by HipHopBeats (2718 posts) -

I'd say 10 years is pretty solid. While some believe 5, that is just too short for them to be profitable in the long run. Many gamers won't even purchase a new generation of console till 2 or 3 years into its lifecycle and with only about 2 years left to look forward to, they'd be less willing to even bother with any new consoles.

I'd like this gen to continue, we are getting games like AC3, Bioshock Infinite, FarCry 3, The Last Of Us, GTAV, it becomes tough to justify a new console when we are still getting titles like these from current hardware.

contracts420

Many gamers are mainly interested in better graphics promised from next gen consoles. If the gameplay will still be the same, what's the rush? With games like AC3, GTAV, Beyond Two Souls, Metal Gear Ground Zereos, there is plenty of room for more solid gaming left in this gen. Plus I would definitely wait a good 2 - 4 years after a next gen console release to purchase, especially with all the R/YLOD's that plagued both consoles at the start of this gen.

#17 Posted by xgraderx (2395 posts) -

4-5 years.But the console business is a hard one.It takes years before they even start making any money.Long console cycles may be the norm from now on.

#18 Posted by AutoPilotOn (8576 posts) -
5 years and at least one gen backwards comparable.
#19 Posted by El_Zo1212o (6045 posts) -

...I am still enjoying this current gen. For me, there is no real rush just yet.

Ashley_wwe
Thexactly why I'm going with the Wii U- I'm not ready to leave this generation behind just yet, but I still want to have the shiniest versions of the games available.
#20 Posted by Flubbbs (3512 posts) -

5-6 years

#21 Posted by Nintendo_Ownes7 (30917 posts) -

5-6 years

Flubbbs

This 5-6 years is good for some consoles.

current gen systems are already on 6-7 because November 17th will be the start of the 6th year for the PS3; November 19th would've been the 6th year for the Wii but Wii U releases one day before the Wii's 6th year; November 22nd will be the start of the Xbox 360's 7th year.

#22 Posted by nameless12345 (15125 posts) -

5-6 with an additional year of game support.

#23 Posted by ItsJoeMama (184 posts) -

What's up with people saying 5 years? That's way too short.

I think 7-8 years sounds fine.

#24 Posted by Greyfeld (3006 posts) -

8-10 years, ideally.

I don't buy a console until it's at least a year or two old and has had a price drop. The wide majority of release software for new consoles is garbage. It's not really uncommon to see a solid lineup of exclusives for a console until about two years into its lifecycle.

Personally, I'm hoping that console developers will create future consoles with an eye toward keeping them relevant on the market for as long as possible. With how close we are to photo-realism, it doesn't seem like a huge stretch to bet that major console upgrades will become further and further apart.

#25 Posted by Justforvisit (2660 posts) -

Simple answer:

As long as it's fun to play on that system

#26 Posted by Borrizee (428 posts) -
Depends on what the progress is and how long it takes to take it to the limit. Maybe the question is how long do we want to play the same **** over and over again.
#27 Posted by AutoPilotOn (8576 posts) -

What's up with people saying 5 years? That's way too short.

I think 7-8 years sounds fine.

ItsJoeMama
What's up with 7 to 8? I want updated quicker than that. I think current gen has been to long already
#28 Posted by nameless12345 (15125 posts) -

lol@people saying 10 years.

Why don't you stick to PS2 or SNES if you want decade old systems? :P

#29 Posted by Venom_Raptor (6958 posts) -

5-6 years.

#30 Posted by Jehuty08 (1951 posts) -

Simple answer:

As long as it's fun to play on that system

Justforvisit

This

at this point in the last gens life, I was sick of it, But I am still perfectly content right now

#31 Posted by The_Last_Ride (74234 posts) -
as long as the system can put out good graphics and keep making good games
#32 Posted by drunkin_donuts (5 posts) -
the answer simply is WHENEVER TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS IT. First question would be.. who wants to keep paying $700 every 4-6 years for a new console? Technology has boomed so drastically in the past lets say, 10 years that we have reached a peak if you may. think about it. The NES and SEGA had to go because they found the technology for 32 BIT. SNES went because they found the technology for 64bit. Nintendo 64 went because DVD technology became available and could store more data (bigger, better games) Playstation 2, XBOX and Gamecube went because HDMI technology became available. THat puts us right now with our PS3, XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii consoles. Motion sensor technology became available and RIGHT THERE a new console could have been made. Instead the companies made an attachment for their systems. What groundbreaking technology has came since then? 3d you say? 3D is so tempermental and still 'underground' if you may say. It needs to be more standard in HDTVs (mainstream) inorder for there to be a market for it. I think developers should just keep making games for the systems we already have, and when a new state-of-the-art technology hits... then we can BEGIN to think about 'next-gen consoles'
#33 Posted by new_gamer244 (338 posts) -

Technology nowdays is advancing really fast, so.....6 years is the sweet spot for me.