PS5 Launch Won't be Affected by Coronavirus, Sony Says

PS5 Launch Won't be Affected by Coronavirus, Sony Says

A Sony spokesperson said they still don't see COVID-19 affecting the console's launch.

There's been plenty of speculation that the launch of the PlayStation 5 later this year could be affected by the coronavirus. Sony is maintaining that this won't be the case, however.

Today, Bloomberg reports that a profit target set by Sony earlier this year is expected to be completely wiped out by the coronavirus. Bloomberg also relayed in their report that a Sony spokesperson said the company doesn't expect the coronavirus to have any impact on the launch of the PS5 later this year.

This is all due to the fact that two manufacturing plants in China, which Sony uses for hardware, are due to return to normal operations shortly. China has been on complete lockdown for the majority of 2020 so far since the spread of the coronavirus in early January 2020 from the city of Wuhan.

Sony isn't the only games industry company to have their manufacturing plants in China shut down completely. Nintendo previously announced shortages of the Nintendo Switch in Japan due to plants being shut down in China, and warned that there could be shortages of their console in the US as early as next month in April.

But right now, Sony isn't expecting the launch of the PS5 to be delayed by the coronavirus. With their manufacturing plants in China returning to normal operation, there's still the case of plants in Malaysia and the UK being closed until at least April, in line with government regulations in the regions.

Recently, Sony's Mark Cerny gave a tech-focused presentation on the capabilities of the PS5. There's a lot to unpack from the presentation, including decreased load times, major changes in lighting and rain technology, and much more.

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