EA See Neo And Scorpio As An “Incredibly Positive Evolution”

It seems that EA, Ubisoft, and Take-Two are all in favour of the mid term console upgrade cycle, or ‘Nextish Gen” as I am calling it and hoping the term will catch on*.

“I actually see it more as an incredibly positive evolution of the business strategy for players and for our industry and definitely for EA,” comments EA Global Publishing Chief Laura Miele to GI.biz. “The idea that we would potentially not have an end of cycle and a beginning of cycle I think is a positive place for our industry to be and for all of the commercial partners as well as players.”

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She went on to explain that one of the benefits is that Neo consoles will run old PlayStation 4 games, and hoped this path would continue with future hardware updates.

“I really see that they’re trying to hold on and bring players along,” said Laura. “If players want to upgrade, they can. There will be benefit to that. But it’s not going to be punitive if they hold on to the older hardware”

Ubisoft’s head of EMEA Alain Corre was on the same page, “The beautiful thing is it will not split the communities,” he said. “And I think it’s important that when you’ve been playing a game for a lot of years and invested a lot of time that you can carry on without having to start over completely again”

“The ecosystems aren’t shifting as much,” adds Strauss Zelnick from Take-Two. “We essentially have a common development architecture now that’s essentially a PC architecture, and if the console market truly is entering an almost smartphone like upgrade curve,  it would be very good for us obviously.”

Consoles have traditionally had a long lifespan, and for many, myself included, that has been a huge reason why they were chosen over a gaming PC. It remains to be seen in console owners will embrace a more flexible, rapid, and indeed costly, upgrade path.

Source: GI.Biz

*Other suggestions from the TSA staff are Upgrade Gen, Mid-Generation Upgrade, and Current Gen Plus. I think mine is snappier. 

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11 Comments

  1. Nextish gen sums it up nicely.

  2. If EA are onboard, then these mid-cycle upgrades have a chance to succeed.

    • Or is a creation by the devil lol could go either way really.

  3. Well I’m all up for the Nextish Gen, but I can imagine a lot of the more pessimistic people would probably choose ‘Gen’ocide

    • Okay there’s the winner right there :-)

  4. I don’t mind the Nextish consoles as it’s not like a next generation where all your current generation games won’t play on the new hardware. It gives you the choice (if you’ve got the readies) to upgrade or stick with the original PS4 and still enjoy the great games that’ll be released on it.
    The original PS4 is still a brilliant bit of kit and games will continue to look better and better on it.

  5. It’ll be great to finally have a console that will play all those old PS4 games..

    If the console market truly is entering a smartphone like upgrade curve, pc will certainly become a more attractive prospect to me.

  6. Interesting, I’d have thought they would be more against it as it will eventually split the user base. In 2 years time, I find it hard to believe there won’t be some games that are exclusive to the more powerful consoles, which in turn could push people away from consoles and towards PC gaming.

  7. Next Genish is better i think,no?

  8. I really loved how, when I got a Wii U, I could transfer everything from my old Wii to it. And the new system would be a full replacement. That way I didn’t need to keep the old Wii hooked up to a TV to access my games on it.

    Of course, the big difference is, the Wii couldn’t play Wii U games.

    It seems Sony and Microsoft may be going different roads. With Sony opting for a mid-cycle premium system that’ll possibly see a longer cross-gen life with the release of PS5. But ultimately be suffering the same fate as the standard PS4 when the PS5 takes over. Which will then likely see its own Neo a few years later.

    Whereas Microsoft seems to go for more of a straight up replacement. Although one with a prolonged, forced, cross-gen period.

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