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PS5 release date: no COVID-19 issues so far but games could be delayed

PS5 release date: no COVID-19 delay so far
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Despite considerable impact to various parts of its business, Sony has allayed fears of any delay to the PlayStation 5's release date.

The company behind the PS5 has issued a statement detailing the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on all segments of its business. Under the section for 'Game & Network Services Segment', it reads:

"Sony estimates that there will be no material impact on this business for the current fiscal year."

Sony goes on to say that it will be carefully monitoring for risks which could cause delays to game software from its own and partner studios.

PS5 release date: no COVID-19 delay so far

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However, under the 'Electronics Products & Solutions Segment' Sony highlights the problems caused by the closure of its manufacturing plants around the world. While its operations in China are up and running once more, its crucial production plants in Malaysia are shut.

What's more, its supply lines of materials from Asia have become unstable which makes for "a wide-ranging impact on the manufacturing of goods in this segment".

Previous PlayStations were manufactured in Sony's Chinese and Japanese factories and, hopefully, that means that it's not one of the electronics devices caught up in the problems above.

Either way, Sony has said nothing specific about the fate of the PS5 in all of this, so far. So, good.

You can read the statement in full on Sony's website.


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Dan Sung

Dan is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and his job is with product reviews as well as news, feature and advice articles too. He works across both the hi-fi and AV parts of the site and magazine and has a particular interest in home cinema. Dan joined What Hi-Fi? in 2019 and has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech and Wareable as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.