The spread of the coronavirus seems to be bringing the world to a halt at the minute, so it probably won’t shock you that the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X could be delayed.
They were both expected to go on sale around the Christmas period this year, however, we will now have to possibly wait till next year for the next-gen consoles.
The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus to be a pandemic last week, so obviously video games are just a small part of the picture at the minute.
However, like the rest of the economy, they are bound to be affected and games industry research firm DFC Intelligence claim that there is a “strong likelihood” that both consoles won’t be releasing as planned.
The report also further states that if the consoles were to still be released in 2020, then they’d probably be released in limited quantity with a higher price tag than originally intended.
DFC explains that, as per LADbible: “Coronavirus is likely to have a major short-term impact on the delivery of both systems.
“There is a strong likelihood one or both systems will not make a 2020 launch. If the systems do launch, supply will likely be constrained and initial pricing could be higher than expected.”
The statement made by DFC is also similar to the one recently made by Niko Partners Senior analyst Daniel Ahmad, who has also suggested that the situation means either outright delays or limited supplies.
At least this situation could be good for Sony and Microsoft, as DFC believe that limited supplies or delays will lead to a greater demand for the consoles which in turn would generate more sales.
DFC finish their statement by saying: “Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will release to record consumer demand. The challenge Sony and Microsoft face are making sure they release systems that meet expectations. Given the current situation, waiting to make sure they get the initial product right is the most prudent choice.”
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