Report: PS5 and Xbox Series X Launches Could be Impacted Due to Coronavirus

Report: PS5 and Xbox Series X Launches Could be Impacted Due to Coronavirus - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 May 2020 / 3,226 Views

Many of the world's consumer electronics are manufactured in China, including video game consoles. With the outbreak of the coronavirus in China it is currently impacting electronic manufacturing and if it lasts long enough could affect the launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, according to a report from Business Insider.

Foxconn, the company that produces the iPhone, has had to quarantine workers."The [coronavirus] situation in China could affect the planned production schedule" for the next iPhone, according to one supply chain. 

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X could be supply constrained or outright delayed due to the coronavirus. It depends how long the outbreak lasts for and if it keeps spreading. 

"The video game sector is currently manufacturing, or beginning to, a once-in-several-years' product generation change for the 2020 holiday season," reads a note from Jefferies Group. "If [company] shutdowns exceed a month or so, game schedules will be delayed. New consoles may likewise suffer supply issues from a prolonged disruption, ahead of their Fall 2020 planned launches."

"[As much as] 30-50 percent of art creation in western games is done in China," according to the note. When it comes to hardware nearly 100 percent of the manufacturing  is done in China.

Nintendo this week did issue an apology about the delays in the production and shipment of the Nintendo Switch due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. 

"Due to the current outbreak of the new coronavirus infection, it is expected that production and shipment delays will be inevitable for peripheral devices such as the Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con produced in China for the Japanese market. Was. Similarly, shipments of the currently out-of-stock “Ring Fit Adventure” are expected to be delayed," said Nintendo in their apology.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to work to deliver products as soon as possible while keeping an eye on the effects of the new coronavirus infection."

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are scheduled to launch in Holiday 2020.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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21 Comments

LivingMetal (on 07 February 2020)

Maybe this will get the Chinese government to listen to its people next time something so potentially fatal might happen. The doctor who originally reported the virus was reprimanded for doing so, and now he's among the decease who contracted the virus. The Chinese government is beyond narcissism.


Mr Puggsly (on 07 February 2020)

Also, discourage people from eating every fucking animal.


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Jumpin (on 08 February 2020)

Xi Jinpeng is benevolent and powerful, like Stalin. If you cooperate then there will be many good days ahead for you and your clan. If you do not, you will be sorry! *snaps pencil in half*


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Zenos (on 07 February 2020)

I hope this forces companies to seek production outside of China.


RaptorChrist (on 07 February 2020)

China has something like 3 million factories, where the US has like 250k. Not only would the labor costs be more expensive to move outside of China, but it may require building new facilities. I do agree with you though, Zenos.


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Zenos (on 07 February 2020)

There are countries other than the US.


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Mr.GameCrazy (on 07 February 2020)

If I recall, Nintendo moved some production of the Nintendo Switch to Taiwan.


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RaptorChrist (on 07 February 2020)

Name five.


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shikamaru317 (on 07 February 2020)

There were rumors back when Trump first placed the new tariffs on China that MS and Sony were moving some console production to Malaysia to avoid the tariffs. Wonder if that actually happened? Could save PS5/XSX launches if it did happen.


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Mr Puggsly (on 07 February 2020)

There are numerous countries that failed at communism and could produce our toys. Laos for example makes great clothes.


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Mr Puggsly (on 07 February 2020)

Well its a good thing MS supporting Xbox One longer.


javi741 (on 07 February 2020)

Holy shit these companies need to stop being pussified. The ~20,000 infected ain't shit compared to the 1.5 billion people in China. Why TF are companies/media/people so worried about an oversensationalized flu. I can't believe essentially a much smaller scale flu-similiar type virus is causing an entire industry and market to slow down🤦‍♂️


EnricoPallazzo (on 08 February 2020)

Most likely those numbers are not real and china is hiding the truth as usual. The fact they are taking those extreme measures is a hint it might be worse than what they say. Also the mortality rate is quite high and they do no want to have millions of peo0le infected.


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Zoombael (on 09 February 2020)

The unknown is the reason why.


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VAMatt (on 09 February 2020)

There is of course the fact that the Chinese government is likely lying. But, in any case, it certainly is being heavily sensationalized in the media. The stuff gets clicks and it keeps eyeballs on TVs. If there were some major warring going on right now, this is Iris wouldn't be considered a thing. But, it just isn't much going on in the international press right now, so they run with what they have. It is a real shame though.


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tripenfall (on 09 February 2020)

Maybe if the virus spreads we can play Resident Evil in real life?


Mystro-Sama (on 09 February 2020)

Thanks a lot, Xi...


Azzanation (on 07 February 2020)

This is a shame, unfortunately there is nothing we can do. Hope this blows over soon.


VAMatt (on 07 February 2020)

The impact of this virus is being greatly sensationalized. It's a real shame that it has come to this. Media sensationalizing this stuff is wiping out value and slowing economic growth throughout the world


JWeinCom (on 07 February 2020)

Yes... that's the real tragedy.


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Radek (on 07 February 2020)

FFS... not that.