Sony plans to launch PS5 on time

Sony plans to launch PS5 on time

Sony did not give a forecast for the year ahead owing to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus
Sony did not give a forecast for the year ahead owing to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: AFP/Charly Triballeau)

TOKYO: Financial forecasts and the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting all parts of Sony's business, but the PlayStation 5 console will be released as scheduled.

Sony said Wednesday (May 13) as part of an earnings report that there is no reason to delay the public release of its latest gaming console as it navigates challenges with the supply chain and manages production challenges.

"Development is progressing with the launch of the console scheduled for the 2020 holiday season," Sony said Wednesday.

Nintendo warned Switch users that production and release of games could be delayed.

XBox Series X is also due for a 2020 release. Microsoft's Phil Spencer said in April that the company hadn't considered a "plan B" and would release the console if all elements are deemed ready.

Analysts have projected the price of PS5 will be in the range of US$470 to US$499 due to the "massive generational leap" incorporated in the hardware and software.

A premium model could sell for US$650.

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