Sony has stated time and again that the PS3 will last ten years or more. With PlayStation Move and a solid lineup of games to come, as well as reaching the 50 million units sold worldwide milestone, SCEE's Andrew House claims that the ten years is only the bare minimum for Sony's system.
"We've announced that we've hit a significant milestone with 50 million units sold worldwide, but I really do believe that that's just the start," said House. "I've always said [PS3's life-cycle will be] ten-plus years and the only question mark is how long the 'plus' is,"
House then added: "ten years I think is the minimum."
"What we've said many times before and we're confident about is we launched a device that is very, very powerful, that has a whole range of possibilities and that's at the very least a ten-year life-cycle. I know I'm guilty of repeating myself but I think it's always worth pointing out we're still selling PlayStation 2 in its millions around the world, 11 years after it was launched.
"That's different markets and a different profile of consumers but there's still some vibrant demand. That for me bodes extremely well for where the potential of PS3 will go."
On the topic of new systems, rumours are saying that Microsoft will be ready to announce the successor to the Xbox 360 in the coming year. When asked about whether it's the right time to introduce a new system, House said: "I think that's a question for Microsoft to address rather than us."