The life cycle of the previous generation consoles lasted about eight years, and with the start of this new generation, there's already lots of discussing regarding its duration. When asked about the PS4's life cycle, Fergal Gara, Sony UK boss, stated that its life cycle could be shorther than its predecessor.
"I think there's reasons to believe that the next cycle might be shorter in markets such as the UK. It's probably a sign of the times and how much has changed in seven years, but I think the willingness and the appetite to pick up new technology fast has probably changed quite a bit," said Gara. "What we do know is that the uptake [of the PS4] is going to be very sharp, does that mean this is going to be a much bigger cycle? Maybe. Or it might mean that it's just a bit more compressed into the first few years, that the latter years are a little softer."
While Sony's console might have a shorter life cycle, Microsoft has already stated before that the Xbox One would be around for at least 10 years. Do you think this generation of consoles being smaller is good or bad? Share your thoughts in the comments below.