- Sony claims they don’t expect the PS5 launch to be affected by coronavirus.
- Yet there’s reason to fear that next-gen console launches could be delayed.
- Either Sony is lying that there’s nothing to worry about, or they’re delusional.
Sony appears remarkably confident that the coronavirus outbreak will have virtually zero impact on the PlayStation (PS5) launch scheduled for later this year. But some industry analysts disagree, and it’s not difficult to see why.
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted almost every aspect of life, and the gaming industry has not been immune to the unprecedented economic shutdown. Servers are crashing, downloads are slowing, and physical releases are suffering delays. Billions of people have been ordered to self-isolate in their homes.
Yet Sony wants us to believe that the PS5 launch will proceed exactly as planned. At best, the PlayStation creator is deluded. At worst, they’re lying.
The PS5 May Be Delayed – And If Not, It Should Be
It’s looking more and more like the effects of coronavirus will linger indefinitely. And less and less like the PS5 and Xbox Series X releases will proceed without significant headwinds.
For one thing, China is one of the countries that was worst-hit by coronavirus. While they are ramping up their production capacity, the long-term impact of the outbreak on supply chains remains to be seen.
Even if console production doesn’t become an issue, the economy probably will be. Once this whole horrible mess is finally over, millions of people could be facing financial ruin. It seems like a terrible plan to release an expensive entertainment device at a time when customers may have very little disposable income.
I’m confident Sony realizes all this. But they also realize that the last thing they need is to give already-jittery investors a reason to dump their shares.