EA: Expect PS4/X1/Wii U successors in 5-6 years

In a recent interview EA’s Patrick Soderlund says that the company doesn’t think the PS4/Xbox One/Wii U generation will last nearly as long as the this past generation.

The Xbox 360 shipped in late 2005 and only 8 years later are we seeing its successor on store shelves. If Soderlund is correct with this prediction that would mean we could be looking at an Xbox Two (joking) or PS5 in 2018 or 2019.

Soderlund said:

This console cycle may have gone on a little bit longer than I would have wanted. At the same time, you have seen games like The Last of Us and GTA V at the end of a cycle which perhaps you would not have expected a few years ago. But a five, six year gap is what I expect going forward.

This generation was extended a bit by Playstation Move and Kinect. You’ve got to wonder what next-gen would look like if the Xbox One and PS4 had shipped in 2010-2012. Obviously raw horsepower would have to be sacrificed, with possibly both consoles ultimately ending with 2GB-4GB RAM instead of 8GB.

If that had happend you’ve got to think Nintendo would have benefited since the Wii U would be much closer in terms of horsepower to those theoretical machines instead of the Xbox One and PS4 we have today. Thus giving Nintendo a fighting chance with third parties since there may not have been such a big power gap between Wii U and PS4/X1.

I can’t imagine seeing a next-next-gen console before 2020 myself but you never know. I’m one of the few people who enjoyed a prolonged generation. Personally I don’t want to see the next generation of consoles after this one until 4KTVs become widely adopted and affordable but you never know.