PS5 news: PlayStation 5 could have one of the shortest life cycles in gaming history


The future of gaming is very nearly upon us.

2020 has been rather horrific for everyone involved but later this year, we are expecting the glamorous PlayStation 5 to arrive.

Finally, some rather more uplifting news.

The glistening white console is the next in a long list of gaming devices developed by Sony and is set to be one of the most powerful yet. 

Built-in with an ultra-high-speed SSD, 3D audio and the capacity to house stunning 8k resolution, it really is an exciting time for gaming.

Whether it can eclipse the Xbox Series X remains to be seen, but once again, there will be a mighty standoff between Sony and Microsoft in terms of sales.

The new PlayStation is also set to consist of HDR technology, allowing for more vibrant colours, while you can also enjoy games in a ridiculous 120 frames per second. 


Frame rates have caused frustration in the gaming community in recent years but the new consoles will hopefully overcome that issue - leading to a more fluid experience for those with the controllers in their hands. 

However, there is one negative to all of this, with a very particular revelation being uncovered in recent days.

That happened to be the life cycle of the console. 

According to sources in the backend of the supply chain in Taiwan, as reported by DigiTimes, the life span of the console could only be a measly five years. 

This is down from the previous life span of 6-7 years. Disappointing stuff.

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Considering the price that you're going to have to pay for a console as powerful as the PS5, a life cycle of just five years is somewhat of a letdown.

However, it's hardly surprising when you consider everything packed into Sony's brand new device. 

What this does mean, however, is that it's one of the shortest life cycles in gaming history. 

If we explore previous consoles, it quickly becomes apparent just how short it'll be.


The original NES lasted seven years with the vast majority of Nintendo's consoles having a life span of between five and a half to seven years. 

As for PlayStation, there have been close to six or seven years between each model from the PS1 upwards. The same can be said for Xbox and Microsoft.

The original Xbox lasted just under five years but their last two models, the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One have had life spans of between seven and eight years.

This, therefore, is a dramatic decrease.

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