PS5 and Xbox Series X delayed by coronavirus? Here's what we know

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The PS5 and the Xbox Series X could be delayed from their long-established "Holiday 2020" release date. The reason, to nobody's surprise, would be because of coronavirus-related problems.

Forbes reports a statement made by DFC Intelligence, which asserts that the PS5 and Xbox Series X could be pushed back due to a lack of stock and the general economic instability caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

To quote the report: “If the systems do launch, supply will likely be constrained and initial pricing could be higher than expected. Currently the economy is in an unprecedented state of uncertainty. Even if the situation clears up in a few weeks, the ability to manufacture and release a high-end new game system has already been severely impacted.”

DFC Intelligence adds that when the consoles do go on sale, there will be very high demand. 

“Demand will far exceed supply and long-term that could increase overall sales," reads the statement. "In addition, the abundance of government and public caution should help assure this is a comparatively short-term crisis. 

"Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will release to record consumer demand. The challenge Sony and Microsoft face are making sure they release systems that meet expectations. Given the current situation, waiting to make sure they get the initial product right is the most prudent choice."

With the cancellation of E3 2020, we'll likely see news of release dates, or indeed delays, announced at online events. Microsoft is holding livestreams this week relating to the Xbox Series X, although we still have yet to hear of any concrete details from Sony of when it will tell us more about the PS5.

Richard Priday
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Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.