The current-generation of consoles has had quite a strong run, but Sony is adamant that the PS4 will extend the traditional life-cycles even further.
Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said that the Playstation 4 will stretch across a 10-year lifespan, thanks to the room for growth provided by the new hardware.
“In the middle of PS3 we really hit the limit with what we could do on the system side,” said Yoshida. “We wanted to add the cross-game voice chat that many people asked us about, but we had no room in the system memory at all to add it.”
“So the PS4′s enlarged, very fast memory allows us in the future to improve and add more new features,” he continued. “And at the same time we are continuing to invest and add onto the online services so that, three years from now, the PS4 will be much, much better than PS4 this holiday – and that was the case on PS3 and PS Vita.”
Yoshida also said that the lower pricing for the console is due to “lessons learned” from the launch of the PS3.
“Designing PS4 was all about learning lessons from PS3 – ease of development and the cost of the system is a big part of it,” he said. “We always wanted to hit $399 and we designed the system and carefully chose out of all the potential inclusions of the core hardware components and we made a system that we could sell for $399.”