Sony and Microsoft were expected to launch a brand new generation of gaming consoles by the end of this year, something that might be threatened due to the Coronavirus.
The virus, which so far has killed 636 people and infected 31,161 across mainland China could impact the hardware and software releases.
The Chinese manufacturing sector, which is responsible for producing console hardware, has already been hit by the virus.
Nintendo announced that there would be delays in the production of the Animal Crossing themed Switch, as several other Nintendo accessories.
With the outbreak already affecting the gaming world in a major way, analysts predict that it will also affect the launch of the nex generation consoles.
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Financial services company Jefferies Group has issued a warning to investors that the start of the next generation may face delays.
“The video game sector is currently manufacturing, or beginning to, a once-in-several-years’ product generation change for the 2020 holiday season.
“If [company] shutdowns exceed a month or so, game schedules will be delayed. New consoles may likewise suffer supply issues from a prolonged disruption, ahead of their Fall 2020 planned launches.
“30-50% of art creation in western games is done in China, while nearly 100% of the manufacturing takes place in China.”
At this point, this is only speculation, and these delays are far from guaranteed, but it is a possibility, as fans need to wait for an official response from Sony and Microsoft.
The Coronavirus is also affecting the sporting world, with multiple events being cancelled in China.
The Formula E race that was scheduled for March 21st has been cancelled by the FIA, and the Formula One race is in danger of being cancelled.
Other sports like Tennis, Badminton and even boxing are being threatened by the virus.