The lifespan of consoles generations seem to last around seven years before gaming companies scrap their old model for a shiny brand new one; The PS1 launched in 1994, the PS2 in 2000, the PS3 in 2006 and the PS4 in 2013, meaning that around 2019-2020 we should be hearing news of a brand new launch with the PS5 and Xbox whatever they want to call it. But some developers seem to think that the end of the generation might be looming closer than we would expect.
“I would hope so, I would hope we would release a game pretty soon. Our development cycles aren’t too long, and I have no idea how long this console generation really is going to last, but yeah, there’s no doubt it should be in this console generation for sure.” Arne Meyer, Developer for The Last of Us and Community Strategist for the first-party developer, who had commented on his thoughts about Naughty Dog’s outline in regards to upcoming game releases for the current generation beyond Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. This seems a bit far-fetched for gamers, especially for those who had recently purchased a PS4 in the current year. The PS4 has been out for only two years and already a major first party developer is talking about concerns on releasing games for the current gen of consoles due to how long the PS4’s lifespan will actually last.
Meyer had explained that his concerns with the current generation of consoles lifespan stems from Nintendo and their recent comments on releasing the mysterious new console the NX, which will replace the Wii U. The Wii U was released only two years ago and Nintendo is already talking about gearing up for a new consoles launch, but is this really something PS4 and Xbox One owners should be worried about? In retrospect…no. Nintendo has been long overdue for a new console release as it has been working off the Wii since 2006 and the Wii U was really nothing more than a flashy and expensive accessory add-on or if you will, an expansion pack that granted Wii owners access to high-definition graphics and a GamePad that was embedded with touch screen.
Compared to Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo’s system could barely compete with the graphics of the PS4 and Xbox One, thus making the Wii U nothing more than fan service. The Nintendo Wii U was providing Nintendo fans with a much-needed upgrade since they had decided to skip creating a full-fledged console all together back in 2005-2006. To consider the Wii U being phased out as a nudge to an official across the board new launch to another generation of consoles is just absurd.
Meyer’s concerns with the length of the current gen and the number of games still left for release this generation is nothing but paranoia. So far Naughty Dog has released one game for this generation of consoles which wasn’t even a full-fledged game: The Last of Us: Remastered. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was mostly made by Bluepoint Games, so in reality, the only game that their company has developed from scratch for this generation was Uncharted: 4: A Thief’s End.