Riddle me this: how many years of use do you expect to get out of a console, for £400-odd? Eight? Ten? How about five or six? Because that's how long we've got till the next next generation Xbox arrives, according to EA Studios executive vice-president Patrick Söderlund.
"This console cycle may have gone on a little bit longer than I would have wanted," he told MCV in an interview about EA at large. It's a sentiment we've heard before from other industry bigwigs - Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has been vocal about the need for new hardware to rejuvenate software sales, for instance.
Söderlund recognises that there's an upside to a longer console cycle, though - the late-gen games are better. "At the same time, you have seen games like The Last of Us and GTA V at the end of a cycle which perhaps you would not have expected a few years ago." He feels that manufacturers won't permit ageing hardware to linger next time round, however. "A five, six year gap is what I expect going forward."
All this presumes, of course, that there will even be a successor to the Xbox One and PS4, in the traditional sense of the word. Many a crystal ball-gazer has opined that super-powerful servers will eventually rid us of the need for processors at home - all you'll need by 2050, in theory, is a steady broadband connection, a controller and a display.
It should be noted, of course, that the release of a console's successor isn't an automatic deathblow. I'm expecting the Xbox 360 to chug on for a couple of years at least, given that there are apparently over 100 new current generation titles on the way.
How long do you think the One will last? Thanks for alerting me to this, Videogamer.