What COVID-19 Means for the PlayStation 5 Launch

The release of Sony’s hotly-anticipated Playstation 5 has been one of the few shining beacons of hope amid a torrid few months for planet earth. However, new reports are suggesting that even gaming console aren’t immune to the sting of COVID-19. According to Bloomberg, Sony has allegedly told its manufacturing partners that it expects to make “5 to 6 million units (of the PS5) in the fiscal year ending March 2021”. While that sounds like a huge figure, it’s a significant decrease compared to the production numbers put forward for the PS4 during its initial run.

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Sony DualSense PS5 Controller

We’re still reeling from the somewhat unexpected reveal of the new DualSense PS5 controller, so we’re not sure what to make of the Bloomberg reports. The article suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic may also result in a change of price for the PlayStation 5. The media outlet reported that game developers who had been creating titles for the console anticipated its price to be in the region of US$499 to $549. In order to stem the demand and increase new subscribers for the PlayStation Plus membership program, Sony may drop the prices on its current PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles, however, this is only speculation at this point.

One major question surrounding the PlayStation 5 launch was if and when it would go ahead. Sony previously indicated it was targeting a holiday-release date and every announcement since then has doubled down on that commitment. Some critics had suggested that COVID-19 would push back the PS5 release date, however, no official statement has been made and it appears everything will go ahead as normal. What is likely to change, on the other hand, is how Sony plans to unveil the PlayStation 5. Previous releases and product launches have been moved online so as to avoid unnecessary health risks, and with no end to the lockdown restrictions in sight, we’re likely to see a similar situation here.

There is no official word from Sony yet regarding the news, but hopefully, the long-awaited console can break through the COVID-19 crisis and deliver some much-needed entertainment.

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