Factories in China have resumed operation but those in Malaysia and the United Kingdom remain closed.
Earlier today, Sony revealed that it expected “no material impact” on business for the current fiscal year in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. However, as per Forbes, the company will likely revise its financial forecast due to the pandemic (as companies like Apple and Twitter have done). The publisher had revealed that despite factories in China resuming operations despite shortages in components, those in Malaysia and the UK would remain shut until mid-April.
Interestingly, a Sony spokeswoman told the publication that it doesn’t see any “notable impact” on the PS5’s launch, which is still slated for Holiday 2020. Just last week, SIE Benelux’s PR agency BAAS Amsterdam similarly indicated that there wasn’t a delay planned for the “time being”. Plans could always change though.
The PS5’s launch situation may not seem too bad at the moment (even if the current global situation could result in constrained supplies), Sony noted that it’s “carefully” monitoring any potential delays that could happen for titles from both first-party studios and its partners in the United States and Europe. Stay tuned for more details and updates in the coming months.