What can we expect as far as the impact of coronavirus on the release of the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X? Right now, we do not know. But we are hearing a lot of contradicting reports. According to market firm DFC intelligence, next gen console supply shortages may be an outcome of COVID-19’s economic impact, even if PS5 and Xbox Series X are able to launch in 2020.
What DFC Intelligence Predicted About Next Gen Console Supply Shortages
Speaking to IGN, DFC Intelligence stated, “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. Currently, the economy is in an unprecedented state of uncertainty. Even if the situation clears up in a few weeks, the ability to manufacture and release a high-end new game system has already been severely impacted.”
Also, DFC Intelligence said, “Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will release to record consumer demand. The challenge Sony and Microsoft face is 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.”
Nonetheless, Bloomberg reported, “A Sony spokeswoman said it doesn’t see any notable impact on the launch of its next-generation game console PlayStation 5 planned at the end of this year.”
It certainly would seem that a supply shortage and/or price hike resulting from such would be a “notable impact.” So, is Sony contradicting DFC’s predictions? Possibly, but the language is (perhaps deliberately) vague.