PlayStation gamers may start to get a bit restless, especially after the recent interview that Sony Interactive Entertainment America (SIEA) President and CEO Shawn Layden gave to German gaming website Golem.de. During said interview, Layden mentioned that it would “probably be some time” before PlayStation fans would see another generation of console from Sony. Despite what you may have heard or seen on YouTube, I’m inclined to listen more closely to the guy who runs the company than some analyst or YouTuber.
I mean, we’re on year 4 of the PS4, and the PS3 lasted 7 years before that. So, I’m going to say that I am OK with this kind of console lifespan, and there are several reasons for that. Whether you agree or disagree with me, just hear me out. I promise, this is not going to be a long-winded and rant-filled piece, but I do want to share a few thoughts with all of you, dear readers.
First, as we all know, consoles and their related games are expensive. Most of us who are adult gamers work a lot of hours and try to save up as much money as possible to support our hobby. Some of us simply can’t afford to keep shelling out hundreds of dollars every couple of years for the next great console experience, as it’s just not an economically viable option. We try to get as much enjoyment & replay value out of each generation of console we purchase, so that we don’t get tired of it and become tempted to spend money we don’t have to get the next gen system on launch day.
Second, within every console generation, games (mostly) keep getting better. Developers find new ways to push the limits of each console, and learn how to utilize the machines’ capabilities to get the best level of performance & enjoyment out of them, so that their games blow our minds. Take the PS4 for example. On launch day, we were given titles like Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Need for Speed: Rivals. In 4 short years, we went from those (admittedly cool) games to even more incredible titles like Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier: Automata, and Rime. PlayStation has experienced (with a couple of exceptions) a huge leap in the quality of gaming this year, and the PS4 isn’t really showing signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Third, this “delay” gives SIE more time to get their next console right, and bring us PlayStation gamers an experience that we will not only fully enjoy, but one that will hopefully stick with us for a good long while to come. Sure, we may get a bit antsy waiting for the next thing to come out of Sony – but give them some time, and let them surprise us. Remember what happens when game companies are rushed. We all know it’s not a pretty sight.
Finally, while we sit & plug away at our favorite titles over & over again (I’m personally on my second play-through of both Fallout 4 and Deadpool), we can wonder about the future of the PlayStation brand. However, I don’t think it would be fair of us to demand that SIE speed up their process, when they’ve pretty regularly been able to produce quality consoles for every generation since the original PlayStation was released in the United States back in September of 1995. That’s over TWENTY YEARS of solid gaming experiences that Sony has brought us, friends. That kind of tenure in our gaming lives has got to count for quite a bit.
So, I’ll repeat what I said in the beginning of this. I’m ok with SIE America taking their time in producing the next iteration/generation of PlayStation console. I still have faith in that company, and I hope you do too. If anyone from SIE America reads this, I have one thing to say: “Take your time, folks, and keep up the great work.”
Let me know what you think about SIE America taking their time on the next generation of PlayStation console, dear readers. I always look forward to your feedback.