The much awaited Sony PS5 and Xbox Series X next gen consoles might get off to a rough start; according to the latest coming from industry insiders in China. Reports from the Asian country do indeed suggest the current Coronavirus outbreak may slowdown or alter the manufacturing process. Which means the two console could either be delayed by weeks / months or arrive in a much more limited number than expected.
Sony PS5 & Xbox Series X Might Face a Delay due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Needless to say, the next generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft, as many other tech products nowadays, are mostly produced in China with components also made in China. So, the slowdown they are experiencing now in some production lines due to Coronavirus could have a domino effect in every part of the manufacturing process.
If we needed any proof of that. A couple days back, Daniel Ahmad – a videogame industry analyst – said on Twitter that:
Additionally, stopping or slowing production may not only mean postponing the next generation consoles; but it may also lead to deficiencies in current console market such as the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch Console is currently a very popular device and we wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo failed to meet customer requirements due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
As far as specs are concerned, we should not see any changes from the earlier leaks. This means the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X will be packing octa-core Zen 2 CPUs with SMT technology; Custom-made AMD Radeon RDNA Navi GPU cores, with support for Ray Tracing technology (at least on the Xbox); 4K, 8K and 120hz refresh rate support; solid state drives and much more.