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Ubisoft calls for shorter console cycle for PS4, Xbox 720

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on 22 February 2013

Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, has called for a shorter console cycle for PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 in comparison to their predecessors.

Speaking with MCV, Guillemot said the seven-year wait for new platforms has been too much, and wants the PS4 and Xbox 720’s successors to arrive a lot sooner.

"No we don't want to wait seven years for the next one," he said. "We will have cloud gaming that will improve over time, for sure. And we certainly have enough novelties for a few years.

"The consoles have taken a long time, we've been saying it for a long time. It's really once those consoles come that we can let creative people more risk, and they feel they can take more risk because new consoles can be more open.

"They have so many features that they can play with. It's easier to be a creative person with new consoles, because after four years of people using all the capacity, it's harder to be innovative. With PS4, we will see new ideas and new ways to approach gamers. And that will excite consumers and excite creators."

Furthermore, Guillemot observed that games will look technically impressive from day-one thanks to the system’s innards being based on PC architecture.

"Because the teams are working hard on their projects, I think we will see good things from the start," said the executive. "Sure, in two years engineers will figure out how to do a lot more. But these machines are easier to build on than before, so we should be able to reach their potential quicker."

PS4 will be released in holiday 2013, with Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox 360 also expected to launch around the same time. Hit up our PS4 hub for all the latest information on Sony’s next-generation platform.