Analyst: If Coronavirus Isn't Contained in 2 Months It Could Impact Launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X

Analyst: If Coronavirus Isn't Contained in 2 Months It Could Impact Launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2020 / 2,025 Views

The Coronavirus (CODVID19) has lead to many video game publishers and developers to back out of PAX East 2020 and GDC 2020.

Nintendo earlier this month released an apology that there would be delays in the production and shipment of the Nintendo Switch in Japan due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China. With the latest figures out of Japan there are already signs of shortages of the Switch.

Video games industry senior analyst at Niko Partners Daniel Ahmad in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter says that if the outbreak is contained in the next month or two then console manufacturing would be able to meet demand for the holiday quarter. 

However, if the Coronavirus isn't contained it could impact the launch of the next generation consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. This is due to the majority of video game hardware being manufactured in China. 

"If the Coronavirus outbreak is contained within the next month or two then we would expect console manufacturers to be able to meet demand for the holiday quarter, both for current gen consoles and next gen console launches," said Ahmad.

"If manufacturers are unable to operate at full capacity before the end of Q2 2020 we could see an impact on the launch of next gen console launches, with either limited supply or delayed releases becoming the likely outcomes."

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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John2290 (on 28 February 2020)

There is no way it'll be contained within two months. The party will only be getting started in a month or so, 2-6 weeks anyway depending on how it is handled so the 9th gen is gonna be impacted, undoubtedly.

Podings (on 27 February 2020)

Or, alternatively, if it isn't contained, everybody will have been infected and will have survived the infection long before that.

LivingMetal (on 27 February 2020)

In the meantime more remasters on the way...

pikashoe (on 27 February 2020) this website has some interesting statistics, it shows that the number of active cases is in decline, which means people are recovering at a faster rate than new people are being infected.

lansingone (on 02 March 2020)

This illustrates a point I've been trying to make. Yes this virus is deadly, but given that it gets recognized and precautions are taken it goes from killing millions to numbers less than your common flu. Viruses have a hard time living without a host, so as people take common sense measures to limit the spread, it eventually runs out of hosts. The numbers on that site indicate that those measures are working exactly as expected.
Actually, assuming the trend continues if you plot the numbers of active cases since the peak in Excel and fill the trend over time. It can be predicted that the virus will drop to 0 active cases by the end of this month.

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Random_Matt (on 27 February 2020)

It's only getting started.

pikashoe (on 27 February 2020)

Actually the number of active cases is in decline, which means people are recovering faster than new people are being infected.

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Random_Matt (on 27 February 2020)

In the EU it is the opposite, and belief the words from experts.

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Keiji (on 26 February 2020)

They should do what they have to do. I'm not in a hurry, there are so many PS4 games this year.

Bandorr (on 26 February 2020)

I think that is the same time line for the Olympics. They have until May.

TallSilhouette (on 27 February 2020)

That's the one I'm more worried about.

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method114 (on 26 February 2020)

Well I'll be preordering the day preorders open so I'll be fine.

Amnesia (on 26 February 2020)

Ohh..Really ? Come on, it's just a flu bro... Why should we be worried.

HollyGamer (on 26 February 2020)

Yup it's just a flu that can kill people and no one has the vaccine and the cure.

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mjk45 (on 26 February 2020)

In some ways he's right the Flu kills more people overall and why his message may be lighthearted, it doesn't paint the full picture of a virus that is different from the flu and like HollyGamer said has no vaccine , a Queensland University stated it has a vaccine days away from testing on animals but emphasised this was just the first step in a long line of testing before it possibly becomes available to the public , the University was also the first to replicate the virus in the lab why this was significant was chinese officials wouldn't or couldn't release any of the samples they possessed ,so the replication from an Australian virus patient meant it could be disseminated to other research labs around the world,

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Walbert (on 27 February 2020)

The Spanish Flu was just a Flu it killed between 20 and 50 million.

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JWeinCom (on 27 February 2020)

It is estimated that between 3 and 6 hundred thousand die from the flu each year. So... that may be why.

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