Sony says PlayStation Neo won't shorten the PS4 lifecycle0 Comments
When rumors of a new PlayStation console started circulating, many wondered if the new console was meant to supplant the old. And, understandably, a lot of people who had recently purchased a PS4 were unhappy with the idea that their new hardware was so soon going to be rendered obsolete.
We know that isn't the case now — Sony has gone on the record as saying the PS4 codenamed Neo isn't meant to replace the current console, but is rather meant to compliment it, likely much in the same way that the Xbox One S is meant to serve gamers with 4K-ready displays. And, just to make sure everyone understands, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that the Neo will not replace the current PS4, and that it's release doesn't signal an earlier end for the current-gen console cycle.
"PS4 is PS4, you know the new high-end PS4 is still PS4, so you know the lifecycle is not going to be shorter," Yoshida said (from Gameswelt.TV, via NeoGAF).
Much the same was stated in an earlier comment from PlayStation president Andrew House, who also stated that development of the Neo was made in response to shifting consumer behavior.
"The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PCs," House said.
It isn't at all rare for console manufacturers to release updated versions of their gaming hardware — "slim" consoles have been a common practice for decades, and the newer models oftentimes featured added or enhanced features when compared to the original model. As for the new offerings from Sony and Microsoft, these new consoles could be seen as a way to stretch the console life cycle even further — a practice few gamers would likely see as a bad thing.
Neo Won't Shorten PS4 Lifecycle, Sony Boss Says, GameSpot