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Misunderstanding The PS3’s 10 Year Life Cycle

Geek Revolt writes "Sometimes the obvious needs an explanation, because sadly, there are a lot of people who lack common sense. Lately, there’s been some confusion about Sony’s goal of giving the PS3 a “10 year life cycle”. This is for everyone saying the PS4 won’t come out until 2015-16. Here’s what would happen if the PS3 was Sony’s “only” console for a decade."

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Inside_out2724d ago (Edited 2724d ago )

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I don't think anyone believes that the PS3 is a ten year console. Sony keeps saying it is because they want people to believe that so they will keep buying them. If you tell people, hey, were launching a new console next year, people in the know won't buy one and will tell everyone else to wait till next year to buy the "new " console...it's a game that is played out every time a new device is launched. Look at the PS Vita...

The PS Vita has now been pushed to at least January...WHY. They want to sell off all the PSP's they have in stock and the holidays would be the best time as most consumers buy these type's of handheld gaming devices as presents along with the games. Is it underhanded...sure it is. IS it illegal...nope and it's par for the course.

IF M$ has plans for a new console, they will announce and sell it in the same year just like they did with the 360 S which was a trial run for the real deal coming E3 2012.

Unless M$ is making this new Xbox in their own factory with their own materials and workers, Sony knows about it and has known for a long time. Remember M$ signed a deal for 3D gaming with LG a long time ago. Their is no secrets in that business...it's all interconnected. What if the new Xbox is using Blu-ray...lol...Sony would be the first to know. Sony would of wanted this gen to go further as they want to get some of the losses of the books but it's not going to happen. New gen, here we come.

JonahFalcon2724d ago

The PS2 wasn't a "10 year console" in that the PS3 was released 6 years into its lifespan.

btk2724d ago

You are right - the PS2 is on the market for more than 10 years.

The PS3 will be in the market most likely at least 10 years. PS4 will most likely in year 6/7 of PS3's lifespan.

GrandTheftZamboni2724d ago

For some reason Inside_out assumes that the new console means abandoning the old one. I can guess which console he has.

malamdra2724d ago

so let's explain this again:

when Sony said that the PS3 would have 10 life cycle they actually meant that they were not going to release another console for that period, whether they are sticking to that plan or not is another matter

PS1 and PS2 had a ten year cycle, so it was nothing worth annoucing that PS3 would have the same, it was a given

and they said "life cycle" for lack of a better term, what they meant is that PS3 was going to be Sony's flagship console for ten years

b163o12724d ago

PS2 had a 10+year lifespan, Sony supported the ps2 years after the ps3, just cause a New Console is introduced doesn't mean the company will stop supporting it. A lot of people forget that when the ps3 first droppped the 360 wasn't its biggest competition, it was the PS2. The ps2 outsold the ps3 in the beginning, and it wasn't cause of supply issues.

firelogic2724d ago

Obviously the 10 year life cycle means they'll be supporting it for at least that long. PS2 games were still being released well into the PS3's reign at the top for Sony. PS1 games were still released well into the PS2's reign. And guess what, PS3 games will still be released when the PS4 is out. It's ridiculous that 3 generations in, people still take the "10 year life cycle" so literally.

sikbeta2724d ago

@Inside_

PS2 came out in 2000, still alive in 2011, that's 11 years, PS3 came out in 2006, that was in the 6th year of the PS2 life cycle, you get the picture? console support and manufacturing doesn't get cut after the release of New console

MaxXAttaxX2724d ago (Edited 2724d ago )

It does not necessarily mean another console will not be released at any time within that life cycle.

The PS3 was released 6 to 7 years into the PS2's life cycle, yet support for the PS2 has not stopped. Meaning its life cycle continues regardless of whether a new console has been released or not. Same cannot be said for GambeCube or Xbox. Those have been dead for a while.

So it's safe to say that the PS3 will continue to be supported for up to 10 years even after a new system(PS4) releases.

@Inside_out
Uuhh what? I think you're looking too much into tings LOL

pain777pas2724d ago

The PS3 will go a lot longer than the 10 year lifespan because there is a law of diminishing returns. More power is not going to do it alone. You will need to have a different way to play to appeal to the masses now. If this is the last traditional console than we can expect that many may drop out and have to rely on the casuals like Nintendo did and suceeded for a while. Vita may be the end of the road for me.

NeoTribe2723d ago

Yes but they continue making games for ps2 for ten years. If u owned one ud know that already.

lil Titan2723d ago

all i know is that my trophies should be transferred over and i should be able to play my PS3 games thats all i really care about if every one is talking about a new system here

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dragonyght2724d ago (Edited 2724d ago )

@Inside_out
way to create more Misunderstanding lol The PS2 had a 10 Year Life Cycle they will do same for the PS3 when ever ps4 is release as they did previous gen

its a simple logic really!!! please stop with sony is evil spin

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a_squirrel2723d ago

"Everyone in this room is now dumber, for having listened to you."
I love that video.

ramtah2724d ago

I like how you think just like me!

Why o why2724d ago

Grand theft

Lol, yep, repressed memories released through projection

NeoTribe2723d ago

Why dont u look at there past. ps2 made games for 10 years my friend. Ps3 will make games for ten years also even if ps4 comes out in a year or 2.

subtenko2723d ago

dang I just realized that the PS2 support is over the projected 10 years! Puts M$ in an even greater shame! Thanks Sony for supporting all of your customers. Your one of the companys I rather buy from unlike other companys. Amazon is also another company I like (in general)

We know a companys main goal is profit/money, yes but the point is some go the extra mile to take care of the consumers, thats what I like.

mastiffchild2723d ago

Another article to rank alongside the FUD about all PS3 gamers being so deluded they thiought Dice could make the PS3 version of BF3 exactly the same as it will be on high end PC-fact is a tiny handful of the user base(of any console for that matter) are idiots and did make a grave misjudgement but it was only a TINY number of gamers out of 50 million and the exact same is true here iif not even more so-NOBODY for ONE SECOND thought or thinks the PS3 was foing to remain Sony's number one console for a whole ten years. Chriost w hasv the PS3, an amazing xconsole, and that's still around agter ten plus but hasn't been topdog for years now and the same was always gonna be true of PS3. All Sony said is that it'll be served for ten years,they say, trul, that if you kee your PS3 for those ten years you will always have decent games to play and online tro go with it.

They NEVER said this would be at the ezpense of a future console and nobody imagined it would beyond a few either ignorant(or new to the whole thing) gamers or totally deluded ones. Who are always the teeny minority.

The BF3/Dice BS rumbled on with a few sites desperate to paint ALL PSN gamers as idiots all round even when 99.99999% of the comments said Dice had done an incredibly good job and condemned those few dolts making PS3 users look silly-the same is true of those few who take the "ten years" to mean there won't be another Sony home console within that time when it clearly means they aim not to treat PS3 ownr how original Xbox, and now Wii, owners were when their companies left them high and dry to force new consoles on them. Isn't it a FOOD thing that if you canot yet afford to mive to the next gen that your console will still be supported in the interim while youmiove towards next gen at your own ac with good games still arrivng on PS3?

Drop the BS idea that every PS3 gamer expects and believes the PS3 to remain Sony's most up to date home console for the full ten years and, just maybe, you'll look a teensy bit less idiotic than those few fanboys on either side still capable of thinking PS360 can outdo PC tech wise. These people are effing RARE as all hell. No story and no great body of idiots on ANY platform and you dam well know it.

newleaf2723d ago

They seem to be not so RARE whenever a story about PS4 being in production pops up. In fact they seem to be the majority in such articles ready to pounce on anyone who dare believes the notion that PS3 is in fact due for a successor soon

ABizzel12723d ago

At the end of the day we won't see a PS4 until the PS3 is $199 or less.

frelyler2723d ago

Regarding your logic of the PS Vita being released later to sell off the current stock of PSPs, a little thing called a tsunami says hello. They had production problems due to you know a major natural catastrophe. Why would a company hold off releasing their product that is going to directly compete with their rival (cough, 3DS) during the biggest financial booster available to companies besides black Friday? The answer is they wouldn't, unless something went wrong like a Tsunami devastating the country and economy your factory is located in. Also, the PS3 will be a ten year console just like the PS2, will something new come along before the 10 years, yes. Also people claim Sony set in stone they would not produce another console for 10 years, references please because I do not recall ever reading that from a VALID source like you know SONY.

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Hands Up For Games2724d ago

The PS3 came out in 2005/06. A 10 year life cycle where they dont release another console in 2015/16 is only viable in the Land of the Lunatics!

Sony will release a new console by Xmas 2013, of that their is no doubt, it doesnt mean that they'll stop supporting the PS3, just like Nintendo wont do with the Wii and WiiU and MS wont do with the 360 and the NextBox.

Are people really that stupid!?!?!

Surfaced2724d ago

Yes, they are.

You wouldn't believe how many people don't "get" The 10-year Plan, despite how it has been proven twice already.

jdfoster002724d ago

By 10 year life cycle I think they mean by that they will support it for 10 years, just like the ps2!

WackoW2724d ago (Edited 2724d ago )

Agreed,..

Though I still don't get a financial reason for MS to actually make a new console.
Since they produce hardly any gaming software themselves (They have even less studios, than at the start of this gen) and have very little hardware manufacturing capabilities,.. so razor-blade business model,.. kinda does not work,.. I don't think this is really in the best interest of stockholders,..

They do get tons of cash from xbox live,.. but price is already absurdly high,.. basically If you have 360 for 7 years,.. that is 7 brand new games you could not buy,..

I am not speculating that they will drop out of gaming market,.. But it would not surprise me a bit, to be honest,..

catguykyou2724d ago

MS just like Sony makes money off of every game released on the console. MS doesn't have to make its own games to make money off of the games that are released for it.

WackoW2724d ago (Edited 2724d ago )

@catguykyou : I agree, they get royalties from other publishers,.. I don't know if that sound reasonable enough of proposition to the stockholders though to support razor-blade business model in the future,...

newleaf2723d ago

This may cause some controversy but Microsoft have been more successful than Sony as far as gaming related profit is concerned my friend. You need only look at the financial reports over the years to conclude this.
So it would make more sense for MS to continue making consoles having been so successful.
You seem to forget that making more games also means facing more financial risk due to production costs and sometimes you end up with a financial bomb like Move Heroes. Xbox 360 game sales plus yearly $1 billion in xbox live revenue guarantee a successor to xbox 360

sjaakiejj2723d ago

@newleaf:

Microsoft's Xbox 1 was successful? lol...

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meganick2723d ago

I don't know. Microsoft was pretty quick to abandon the original Xbox the moment the 360 was released, so they may do that yet again with the 360 when its successor comes out.

postofficebuddy2723d ago

PS3 came out in November 2006 in North America and Japan/Asia and March 2007 in PAL. And honestly I agree with you, we'll probably see a new console by 2013. Although in regards to Nintendo and the Wii, I don't think they'll support it for an extended period of time after the WiiU comes out. It'll probably be off the market by 2014. Looking at their past history Nintendo seem to drop support of their previous gen hardware relatively quickly. GBA was mostly dropped about a year and a half after the DS came out. GC was basically already dead by the time Wii came out. And looking at how things are currently going it looks like the DS won't be around for much longer either. One thing that really helped the PS2 achieve its incredible longevity was the fact that Sony tapped into all of the developing markets in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America that were just starting to get a taste of gaming. Nintendo's distribution methods makes it harder for them to tap into those markets.

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RayRay362724d ago

PS4 will be released in 2014, giving PS3 owners 2 years to convert. That is the 10 year plan.

theonlylolking2724d ago (Edited 2724d ago )

You lack common sense. They will support the PS3 for 10 years, NOT hold of the PS4 until the 10 years are up for the PS3.

joeorc2723d ago (Edited 2723d ago )

"You lack common sense. They will support the PS3 for 10 years, NOT hold of the PS4 until the 10 years are up for the PS3."

Exactly, I am starting to Question has the people saying that; ever owned a Playstation before the PS3?

even releasing the new playstation 4 or what ever it is called, Sony will still keep support for the PS3,as a matter of fact the PS3 like the the New PS4 contain a key function that makes them less likely to have support drop for their systems sooner rather than later in their life cycle, even when the new systems release.

That function is digital firmware Updating..1st party an 3rd party digital functionality can be added to the systems after release , Thus the systems are less Static.

This point going forward, the systems are going to gather support due mainly the Idea of right now even the PSVita is also getting firmware updating.

The Consumer in recent years can update OTA updates to their devices be that a game console system or a smartphone or tablet.

further Support for such devices do not require the content provider to publish software direct to a physical medium they can release the content for digital distribution.

they already are in many cases releasing full core an casual game experiences through digital downloads.

you can see that more upto date Electronics maintain viability for use due to the very nature of being less static, Now that does not mean the companies will not release a new device or systems an drop support for the old, reason being because they can still make money on the old system.

Since software is also less static it can be changed to what platform they may need to put it on, there will still be plenty of support for these less static systems into todays connected network electronics.

The only thing that will really matter is if the continued software support is the content the Consumer would want.

The PS3 may not have the most upto date Hardware of the new systems, but that will be less an less of a problem with the PS3 being less static. Think about it this way the key features that will have the PS4 over the PS3 in it's functionality.

Higher specs
More "connected" network features
new IO/imputs an improvements.

but the connectivity to the Network will pretty much be the same, the very same network the PS3 already connects to.

So even though a new system will be released the current system will still be quite viable due to the very fact that the PS3's hardware is Quite capable already as is with network functionality, not just as a game machine but also as a network media play, a HD movie player that plays the upto date HD Movie format.

NobleRed2724d ago

The ten years life cycel means ten years of support. Not ten years to wait for the next Playstation.

Some people don't understand this statement.

NYC_Gamer2724d ago

they mean that PS3 will continue to get support regardless of PS4 being on the market