Sony CEO: 'The PlayStation 4 is entering the final phase of its life cycle' though it appears we still have time left to enjoy our fighting games

When will we see the PlayStation 5? And does that even matter to the FGC?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 23, 2018 at 7:59 p.m. PDT

Sony's PlayStation 4 came out back in 2013 meaning that it's been almost five years since the console's launch took the world by storm at a time when many believed traditional console gaming a dying platform. Boy were they wrong.

The PS4 ran away with this console generation selling over 76 million units so far, and the fighting game community followed suit though some were hesitant to leave behind their prior ecosystem of choice on the Xbox 360.

At their latest Investor Relations day, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO, John Tsuyoshi Kodera, talked about the brand's hardware and future stating, "(The PlayStation 4 is) Finally entering the final phase of its console life cycle."

That statement likely points to sales starting to plateau or slow down on the hardware side of the business and the focus going forward shifting to the last few years of software development and new hardware development for the PlayStation 5 (or whatever Sony decides to call it).

Five-years-old might seem pretty young, but it is actually a decent middle to old-age for a console with a five year gap in between the original PlayStation and the PS2, a six year gap between the PS2 and PS3, and seven years between the PS3 and PS4.

The PS4 has been our go-to for most of our fighting games this generation (unless you play on PC), so how much time do we have left before we will need to switch over to new systems?

If we go by the previous release dates of the consoles and continuing the trend of adding one year to their life cycles, we could expect to see new hardware from Sony once the PS4 is eight-years-old in 2021. This time frame is backed up by some statements from Kodera himself, via the Wall Street Journal.

"We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher into the future," said Kodera. "We need to depart from the traditional way of looking at the console life cycle. We’re no longer in a time when you can think just about the console or just about the network like they’re two different things."

With that evidence we should probably expect new consoles in the next three years though we don't know if/ when Microsoft will choose to launch their new generation of hardware. Does that mean we're all going to immediately switch over? Not really.

"We need to depart from the traditional way of looking at the console life cycle. We’re no longer in a time when you can think just about the console or just about the network like they’re two different things" - John Tsuyoshi Kodera

Fighting games are a big part of what kept the previous generation alive once the PS4 and Xbox One launched especially with the Street Fighter 4, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Tekken scenes. Injustice: Gods Among Us launched in 2013 and Guilty Gear Xrd came in 2014, but both were also available on the previous generation consoles. Killer Instinct was the exception coming out on launch day for the Xbox One.

The FGC didn't fully make its way to the current generation until 2015 with the release of Mortal Kombat X and the (initially poor) port of Ultra Street Fighter 4 on PS4. When Street Fighter 5 was announced, there was certainly no going back.

The PS4 has had its fair share of exclusive (or console exclusive) fighting game titles with Street Fighter 5, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[St], Dissidia: Final Fantasy and King of Fighters 14. Players likely aren't going anywhere.

The fighting game community is no stranger to playing games on "out-of-date" hardware, so while the new consoles may be coming in the next few years, we will still likely be playing our current systems for five more years. That is, of course, unless the next gen consoles are 100 percent backwards compatible though it will still be way cheaper to run tournaments on the "old stuff."

We'll be here until the MKX and SF5 of the next gen come to pull us away, but that doesn't mean we need to let go.

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