GameStooge's Jordan Lund backs Dille's claim that the PS3 will have a 10 year lifespan.
Excerpt: "Many gamers and bloggers are mocking Sony's Peter Dille for insisting that the Playstation 3 will have a 10 year life-span despite monthly sales that are consistently lower this year than last year. I think it's safe to say that the PlayStation 3 will last at least 10 years though it's not due to any strength in the platform.
It's because Sony has never met a platform they didn't like.
The story of VHS vs. Betamax is a classic in technology circles. Beta offered a technically superior picture, but had a shorter recording time. VHS got the porn support and reigned supreme. But were you aware that Sony continued to make Betamax players up until 2002? That's 27 years from the time it was released to end of life. Pretty good run for a format which failed pretty early on.
Sony introduced the Minidisc format in 1992, and while they have modified the format slightly in 2004 with "Hi-MD", the fact is that a format which never caught on can still be purchased today. That's a 17 year run."