PS5 And Xbox Series X Launches Could Be Delayed Because Of Coronavirus
The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China could impact manufacturing and shipment of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, scheduled to release late this year. The viral outbreak has largely impacted mainland China and its manufacturing sector. A PS5 coronavirus delay could mean pushing back the release date entirely, or could simply lead to a limited supply of the PlayStation 5 at launch. Sony hasn’t landed on a specific date just yet, only citing “holiday 2020” for the PS5 release.
As soon as Nintendo warned of stock problem with the Nintendo Switch, because of the coronavirus outbreak, it immediately became obvious that the problems for games companies wouldn’t necessarily end there. Over 90% of all console hardware is manufactured in China and with production currently ramping up for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X that means the disruption caused by the outbreak could delay the consoles’ launch this autumn.
Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo said that 96% of consoles imported to the US in 2018 were produced in China.
Hence why the coronavirus outbreak is having an impact on manufacturing. https://t.co/AAgQzF2JGM
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First originating in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus has quickly spread throughout the globe and sparked fears among many, especially those who travel to China on a regular basis for business or personal reasons. Symptoms of the coronavirus have included fever, coughing, and breathing issues, and although the virus has been known to cause death in cases this has (so far) only occurred roughly two percent of the time. Fears of the coronavirus have prompted a number of factories and other companies in China to temporarily close, and even Nintendo has apologized for Switch delays due to the virus.
As per a note published by financial services company Jefferies Group (via Business Insider by Pulse), the situation might have an impact on the manufacturing of electronic hardware as well. Apple and Nintendo might be faced with delays and/or production shortages for their products, and as per the report, the situation might lead to a delay for the PS5 and the Xbox Series X both currently scheduled to launch this Holiday as well.
The outbreak in China has led to several production and manufacturing giants such as Foxconn quarantine workers and halt services. According to the Jefferies Group, if these shutdowns should go on longer than a month, that will result in delays of release schedules in the games industry as well, including the PS5 and the Xbox Series X, what with nearly all of PlayStation and Xbox hardware manufacturing taking place in Chine. In addition to that, nearly half of all artwork in Western developed games is outsourced to China, which means that delays could hit upcoming games including planned next-gen releases as well.
While there are steps everyone can take to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, one of the most important things companies can do to protect their employees is to make sure the people who currently are infected stay both well-rested and away from the general populace, lest they risk making the virus more widespread than it already is. Although a delay in the production of the much-anticipated PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X may be disappointing to eager fans, the health and well-being of the people who bring such consoles to life should always be taken into consideration first.
As a result, the Switch version of The Outer Worlds has already been delayed from 6 March until sometime in April, since developer Virtuos Studios, who are handling the port, are Chinese.