As Sony continues the build-out the release of the PlayStation 5 with platform exclusives, industry reports are hinting at the company’s long-term plans for the console, specifically revealing the PS5’s expected life cycle — the length of time that a console is top-of-the-line.
Gamers upgrading from the PS4 will reportedly have to contend with Sony cutting the life cycle of the PS5 shorter than previous consoles. Sony’s backend supply chain in Taiwan insinuated that the generational life of the PS5 console will be just over five years, as opposed to the six or seven years enjoyed by the PS4, PS3, and PS2.
Despite the brevity of its life cycle, Sony is expecting to ship approximately 120 million PS5 units over the next five years, double the number of Xbox Series X models that Microsoft is planning to ship. Some figures estimate that Sony may ship a maximum of 170 million units, but either way, the Japanese company’s ambitious plan dwarf the 110 million PS4 units sold after seven years.
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