As the worldwide pandemic continues to impact many different industries, it has yet to cause issues for Sony’s PS5 console.
Sony recently released its 4th quarter earning reports for FY19, with a section that covers Sony’s current view of the impact COVID-19’s spread can have on their business activities.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the report, in relation to COVID-19’s impact to Sony’s business.
Sony reports that, due to component issues, there is “a slight impact on the production of PS4 hardware”. Despite that, short-term demand is addressed with its current inventory.
Sales of game software, PS Plus, and PlayStation Now services have increased significantly, which offsets the lack of hardware sales.
Regarding the pandemic’s current impact for manufacturing of the PS5, Sony had this to say:
Although factors such as employees working from home and restrictions on international travel have presented some challenges in regards to part of the testing process and the qualification of production lines, development is progressing with the launch of the console scheduled for the 2020 holiday season. At this point in time major problems have not arisen in the game software development pipeline for Sony’s own first-party studios or its partners’ studios.
The most important takeaway from that excerpt it’s “at this point in time”. It may be delayed in the future if the pandemic continues to develop at a negative rate.
For now, though, the PS5 is currently still on track to release during holidays 2020.