A few days ago we heard that Xbox Series X Manufacturing won’t be delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Today, Sony also reports that the Coronavirus won’t impact the launch of the PlayStation 5. PS5 which was announced 8 days ago, had lower specs than its rival Xbox. However, many sources claimed that its SSD which was the only thing better, was the turning point.
Games & PlayStation 5 won’t be delayed
In an interview with the Dutch side LetsGoDigital, Sony said that “coronavirus has not yet delayed the launch of the PlayStation 5 for the time being”.
Coronavirus has forced most of the cities to announce a complete lockdown & state of emergency. China which was the first victim of the virus has things improved. Most companies are manufacturing their items from China, and it looks like things are in control there.
Newer Statement from Sony on their blog
A couple of weeks ago Sony announced that COVID-19 has put a delay to most of their plans. This could include the upcoming games for PS5 and the PlayStation itself. Well, a newer statement posted on their blog suggests no delay.
Sony also says that till yet no signs of delay, but there could be a delay in future if things went worse. Till the present time, Sony looks forward to releasing the PS5 & its games in Holiday season
“Although no issues have emerged so far, Sony is carefully monitoring the risk of delays in production schedules for game software titles at both its first-party studios and partner studios, primarily in Europe and the U.S”.
“There has been no material impact on the business at this time. However, it is possible that, as has occurred in the past, fluctuations in the financial market could impact the financial results of this segment.”
In my opinion, it is unlikely that a delay to PlayStation 5 could happen. As noted in their blog, they have four factories in Shanghai, Wuxi, Jiangsu, and one in Huizhou.
According to them all were closed by Chinese authorities till February 9. Afterwards, they have been fully operating since February 10. Moreover, their manufacturing plants in Malaysia are still closed till April 14, which could cause a little disruption in stock. Overall, their blog is a bit unclear, but the conclusion is that Sony is half-confident that COVID-19 won’t delay PlayStation 5.