With the current situation concerning the Coronavirus impacting the world’s production and distribution chains, there are fears that the planned next-gen launches for 2020 will be pushed back. So far, Sony and Microsoft say they are sticking to their guns and won’t be changing their plans. The comments were revealed in a post by LetsGoDigital via a PR agency in the Netherlands that represents SIE Benelux.
In a report online LetsGoDigital said: “BAAS, the Amsterdam PR agency for Sony Interactive Entertainment Benelux, has informed LetsGoDigital that the coronavirus has not yet delayed the launch of the PlayStation 5 for the time being.”
The caveat to all of this is that the coronavirus is an ongoing and ever-changing situation, and the coronavirus could still yet cause issues that lead to the PS5 release date being delayed.
For now, the PS5 release date is set for 2020 and that’s good news for gamers wanting to upgrade from the PS4.
But the chances that a PS5 Pro will arrive alongside the base PlayStation 5 console now seems less likely.
Recent reports indicated that Sony was exploring the option of launching two versions of the PS5.
The PS5 Pro would be more powerful and more expensive, while the base PS5 would offer the specs we just found out about.
The normal PS5 price would be seen as more affordable and would launch alongside the Pro version.
But even if Sony were exploring such an idea, it would make sense that they would now be focusing on the base PS5.
There will be plenty of effort going into sourcing parts but it seems more likely that Sony will face a harder battle to get everything they need.
It seems pretty likely that we will see a PS5 Pro console arrive in the coming years, unless the tech giant has a sudden change of heart.
There’s always the question of how big streaming will get and that means Sony having the option of expanding its PlayStation Now service.
But we would still bet that the popularity of the PS4 Pro has created plenty of incentive for the company to start planning for such a console.
This all remains a prediction for now and there is one factor that could still change everything in the coming months.
Sony has yet to reveal the price of the PS5 and that provides a window for such a thing as the PS5 Pro to be unveiled.
Until we know exactly how much the PlayStation 5 will cost, we can’t rule out a surprise reveal.
Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad commented last month on whether the coronavirus could delay the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Ahmad was responding to a follower on Twitter who asked whether there could be next-gen console delays.
The analyst said: “Not right now + too early to say for sure.
“If we’re at a point where production is not at full capacity by the end of Q2 then that will definitely be a reason for MS/Sony to reconsider holiday launches of next gen consoles.”
Ahmad also added: “With more people staying home + offline events cancelled + new game releases, we should see an increase in engagement and spend across video games as it becomes a key way for people to stay entertained at home.”