Easy years ahead
Buying a PC, you have two choices. You can either spend a fortune and buy a monster machine worth as much as a car or a few consoles, and be pretty sure you can run every game in the coming years. We can also spend a more moderate amount, but then you have to go to bed every night knowing that the day will come, sooner rather than later, when the new game you wanted to play will only run in 720p at 25fps on average.
And since few of us have a Little Wansa VHS collection in the attic, which you could sell and forget what thriftiness is for the rest of your life, we usually opt for the latter. And there you are: buying a new processor, cause it's about time, getting some more RAM to have Anno 1800 run a notch better, maybe getting a new GPU to check out these Ray-tracking capabilities.
Owners of PS5, on the other hand, will forget about any expenses other than new games, and perhaps some peripherals, until the next generation arrives. You buy the console once, and it should suffice until the end of generation, i.e. 5-6 years. Perhaps even longer, since even when the new generation comes, the developers never decide to entirely abandon the millions of potential customers reluctant to upgrade, and create games for the previous generation for a year or two. Even if Sony opts for something like PlayStation 5 Pro around the middle of the generation's life cycle, the usual PS5 will still be quite enough, just as the regular PS4 is still entirely sufficient, and few owners decided to upgrade to PS4 Pro.
Michael Grygorcewicz | Gamepressure.com