Now that the Ps3 or Xbox 360 have been out a few years, we thought we would see how many years the consoles have left. Obviously its hard to put an accurate figure on the consoles’ lifespans, but we can, however, at least look at some of the many considerations which will affect how long they have left.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 was originally launched in 2005 and has now sold over 39 million units (as of January 6th 2010), whereas Sony’s PlayStation 3 originally launched in 2006 and has sold well over 27 million unites (as of September 2009).
According to Microsoft’s senior director of Xbox product management, the Xbox 360 still has a lot to offer, therefore Microsoft is in no rush to release a next-gen console.
Microsoft plans to keep pushing barriers with the Xbox 360 by releasing software and hardware updates for the console, and obviously one major addition will be Project Natal. (In other words, they are going to try to give people more reasons buy the Xbox 360, other than Halo.)
As for the PS3, it is hard to say how it will adapt. I personally think that Sony need to concentrate on their software more than anything else; improving software will unlock the consoles full potential in my opinion. And a new console doesn’t seem all that likely since Sony is already going to be putting out a new PSP console called the NGP.
Personally I would be very surprised if either Sony or Microsoft announces a new console within 18 months, it all depends on just how much these current consoles still have to offer.