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PlayStation4? 2014

Ah, it's generation-change time again! Nintendo have replaced their DS, which came out in 2004, with the 3DS, and are rumoured to be replacing the Wii, which came out in 2006, later this year. And Sony are also replacing the PSP, which also came out in 2004, with the NGP later this year. Surely, therefore, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 - which came out in 2005 and 2006 respectively - must be due for an upgrade too, right?

Right?

Nope. Microsoft and Sony's consoles are still selling respectably, and neither company plans a replacement any time soon, sources at both companies told Kotaku. In fact, they're not planning on releasing the sequels (PlayStation 4, presumably, and... Xbox 720?) until 2014.

In fairness, this isn't totally unexpected. Console lifespans have been getting longer anyway. Though only five years passed between the release of the NES and SNES, for example, six years went by between the PS2 and PS3. And both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 - particularly the PS3 - were a great leap forward in terms of both specs and cost when released, suggesting they were always supposed to have a long life. And innovations like Move and Kinect have helped expand the lifespan of both consoles.

Still, for those of us imagining an upgrade in the next year or so, this is disappointing. Maybe Nintendo's next console will be so amazing it'll force them to speed things up? We can hope...!

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