Popular analyst Michael Pachter has said that the current console cycle could be as short as six years, with a new PlayStation and Xbox hitting as soon as 2019.
Speaking on his 'Pachter Factor' show, he said that due to Xbox One and PS4 struggling to run games at 30fps, as well as the arrival of 4K resolution and virtual reality headsets that run at 90Hz, Pachter believes that the current generation of consoles won't be around as long as the Xbox 360 or PS3, which were around 7-8 years before the new consoles were announced.
"I would be surprised if we had a next-gen console in 2018; we might have one in 2019, so I think six years is likely," said Pachter. "We will have one by 2020, so I think seven years is a lock. So, lasting as long, probably not, but lasting longer than five years, probably so."
Pachter also added, "Once everybody has a 4K TV, I think that's when you get a console cycle where you actually make things that are in 4K."