Flannagan also explained that the chances of an RRoD type event are incredibly low, although I doubt a Director of Marketing would say otherwise.
By Liam Gilroy on November 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm
People originally guffawed at Sony when they explained their expectation for a 10 year lifespan for the PlayStation 3, but back then we never thought we’d see a five year gap between generations, let alone the eight years we are at now. According to The Escapist however, we can expect an even longer turn around from Microsoft with the next generation, as Microsoft Canada’s Director of Marketing Craig Flannagan explained to GamesIndustry International that even conservative estimates of the Xbox One’s lifespan sit at the decade mark.
“Xbox One is going to start ahead, in terms of the experience we can deliver. And because we’re built for the future, we’re going to stay ahead. I think there is not a better experience you can buy this holiday, and there will not be a time this generation where there’s a better experience you can buy than Xbox One… And it’s probably going to be a pretty long generation. We’re probably here for a while because we’re built for the future. This is a console that will last you, conservatively a decade, if I had to put a bet down today.”
The key to the Xbox One’s success in Microsoft’s mind, is of course cloud computing, which is why they believe that despite lower hardware specs the Xbox One is ahead of the PlayStation 4, an advantage which they expect will only increase as time marches forward and cloud computing becomes both more prevalent and more accessible. Whether it will last them a decade has yet to be seen, but given you can still buy FIFA 14 on the PlayStation 2, I wouldn’t be particularly surprised.
Source: thanks Spkypwnsuall