Will next gen last longer than last gen?

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#1 Posted by nekrothing (387 posts) -

Last gen lasted six years, will the next one last even longer?

#2 Posted by Cali3350 (16130 posts) -

Last gen lasted 9 years...

#3 Posted by nekrothing (387 posts) -

Last gen lasted 9 years...

Cali3350

9 years woah o_o

#4 Posted by Minishdriveby (9839 posts) -

Last gen lasted six years, will the next one last even longer?

nekrothing
Most likely, yes. Even though technology advances much faster then each console generation, businesses and game developers must have time for getting to know the inner workings of the systems and profit. As technology becomes more advanced and expensive, it becomes harder to turn a profit, and more risky to put forth even more new technology so soon. I don't know about you, but even though it's been 6 to 7 years. I have no desire to invest in the next generation just yet. I'm content with my PS3/360/Wii.
#5 Posted by BranKetra (48435 posts) -

Last gen lasted 9 years...

Cali3350
The PS2 was only recently discontinued so you could say it lasted about twelve years.
#6 Posted by silversix_ (14262 posts) -
i certainly hope not
#7 Posted by glez13 (8760 posts) -

[QUOTE="Cali3350"]

Last gen lasted 9 years...

BranKetra

The PS2 was only recently discontinued so you could say it lasted about twelve years.

It started on late 98 with the Dreamcast and it ended this year with the last official assembled PS2. So it's like 14 years.

#8 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10608 posts) -
Nope. If the new consoles are released as mid-range powered consoles, then it will last 4 years. PCs will be a quantum leap ahead of console gaming because of this and mobile gaming will be on par with them consoles.
#9 Posted by BlendThree (119 posts) -

It depends upon a lot of factors but perhaps the most important is the economy- obviously the sad state of affairs we currently find ourselves in is a major contributor to this past generation's unusually long life. Unless things take a massive upswing, it's likely the next one will be another decade-long run.

#10 Posted by Heirren (16834 posts) -
Not a chance. We got Xbox out in 2005, and Nintendo deciding to release two consoles this gen--which will extend current gen design to about 12 years. Fck you reggi nice console. Lol 1 gig of ram my fckng nuts have one gig of ram
#11 Posted by Minishdriveby (9839 posts) -
Not a chance. We got Xbox out in 2005, and Nintendo deciding to release two consoles this gen--which will extend current gen design to about 12 years. Fck you reggi nice console. Lol 1 gig of ram my fckng nuts have one gig of ramHeirren
With the amount of DNA in your nuts. They probably hold a couple 1,000,000 terrabytes if not more.
#12 Posted by BlendThree (119 posts) -

It depends upon a lot of factors but perhaps the most important is the economy- obviously the sad state of affairs we currently find ourselves in is a major contributor to this past generation's unusually long life. Unless things take a massive upswing, it's likely the next one will be another decade-long run.

Interestingly it's believed the 6th generation would have lasted longer than it did as well but the advent of affordable high-definition televisions expideted the process of buying hardware capable to making the most of the new Plasmas, LCDs and LEDs that flooded the market.

#13 Posted by campzor (34932 posts) -
hopefully not.
#14 Posted by TheEroica (13387 posts) -

Im honestly cool with whatever... As long as their is something to play. I will say that this gen seems a little long though. Im quite ready to taken somewhere new. Thng is, I'm mostly interested in games themselves evolving into something new more than I am excited for better graphics.

#16 Posted by wakefulness (3989 posts) -

By the time I get bored with my PS4 (say 2020), than I suspect I will be using SEN and Playstation Certified device(s) to power the next next gen of gaming and enterntainment.

Boy, that is long ways a way. I mean, 2020? Haha. It sounds futuristic just writing that number. :P

#17 Posted by mariokart64fan (19441 posts) -

bran i dont think hes talking about ps2 and if he was then hed be wrong ,, the last gen is wii ps3 360 ds psp ngage , the current gen is psvita wii u and 3ds /3dsxl so far , and last gen is 8 yrs old will turn nine this year

#18 Posted by PAL360 (26828 posts) -

hopefully not.campzor

Agreed. I think there should be new console hardware every 5, 6 years at most. Longer that that holds down gaming too much.

#19 Posted by SuperFlakeman (7342 posts) -

Depends on how you define at what point a gen starts and ends.

If we go with the minimum interval rule, then Xbox 360 (2005) and Wii U (2012); means the 7th gen lasted 7 years. Seems reasonable.

If we go by the maximum rule, well, then it becomes problematic. So basically 6th gen started with dreamcast in 1999? and ended 2012 with the discontinuation of PS2? 13 years? That's not really meaningful to me.

Will the next gen last longer than 7 years? Nope. Nintendo's systems last 6 years max, so the max is 6 years. I think Wii U will have 6 years, like Wii.

#20 Posted by SuperFlakeman (7342 posts) -

[QUOTE="campzor"]hopefully not.PAL360

Agreed. I think there should be new console hardware every 5, 6 years at most. Longer that that holds down gaming too much.

Let's think about this in the case of powerhouse machines:

a) Long time to reach maturity: once devs would get into the new systems, the new one would be out already and the process restarts. Just compare games from 2005-2008 for example with games from 2010-2013.

b) It takes years before a powerhouse comes down to mass market prices, the gen would restart just as the powerhouse machine would gain momentum. Makes no sense.

You can't have powerhouse console and 5-6 year gens at the same time for these reasons.

Moderate jumps in power, but more often. This leads to the same technology advance in the long run, but in shorter, more stable, steps.

#21 Posted by PAL360 (26828 posts) -

[QUOTE="PAL360"]

[QUOTE="campzor"]hopefully not.SuperFlakeman

Agreed. I think there should be new console hardware every 5, 6 years at most. Longer that that holds down gaming too much.

Let's think about this in the case of powerhouse machines:

a) Long time to reach maturity: once devs would get into the new systems, the new one would be out already and the process restarts. Just compare games from 2005-2008 for example with games from 2010-2013.

b) It takes years before a powerhouse comes down to mass market prices, the gen would restart just as the powerhouse machine would gain momentum. Makes no sense.

You can't have powerhouse console and 5-6 year gens at the same time for these reasons.

Moderate jumps in power, but more often. This leads to the same technology advance in the long run, but in shorter, more stable, steps.

You have a point, but, if you think about previous gens, that was never a problem! Note how 16bit gen lasted from 1989 to 1994 (5 years), 32bit gen lasted from 1994 to 1999 (96/97, if you consider N64 is in it's own generation) and last gen went from 1999 to 2005. There was allways a fair improvement in tech.

That said, i love how devs are finally taking full(?) advantage of 360 and PS3 and how their latest games look better than ever, but you can't deny that PC is currently at it's own level.

#22 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25144 posts) -

The real question is if the Xbox 360 or PS3 will last longer than the PS2.

#23 Posted by SecretPolice (21733 posts) -

Next gen is the last gen for traditional console, PC gaming as we've always known them :o after that, it'l be just one continuous gen with no end so ya know, just sayin. :cool: