PS5 Price And Launch Supply Not Affected By Coronavirus

Sony's Jim Ryan talks about the debut of PlayStation 5, which is still without an exact release date.

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The question of when exactly PS5 and Xbox Series X will launch continues to persist, although both Sony and Microsoft have announced a target of late 2020. Sony has reiterated that PS5's release date is set for Holiday 2020, noting that the coronavirus is not expected to impact the launch supply in any significant way, nor will it affect pricing.

Speaking with GameSpot sister site CNET, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan confirmed that there has been no interruption to Sony's plan to launch PS5 worldwide later this year. "We remain absolutely on track," he said. "We're going to launch this holiday, we will have a global launch. And we're greatly looking forward to it. And we very much want the gaming world to look forward to it, too."

The launch of any major new game system is typically accompanied by sellouts, as demand often far outpaces the available supply. That's certainly been the case with Sony's past consoles, as anyone who attempted to get a PS4 on launch day can attest. And it's expected to again occur whenever PS5 hits, but the console selling out won't be due to any major impact of the coronavirus.

"Right now, we're not seeing anything saying to us there's going to be problems with quantities or we won't be able to launch the way we want," Ryan told CNET, matching up with what the company had indicated earlier this year.

In an interview with the BBC, Ryan also noted that the ongoing pandemic has not impacted a decision regarding PS5's price. That said, the price is still not being announced yet.

Manufacturing of PS5 is expected to start soon in order for the console to make its launch date. That could potentially lead to a leak regarding the look of the system, which remains a complete mystery (although we have gotten a look at the PS5's controller, DualSense). As such, Sony may intend to publicly reveal the look of the system in the near future.

We do now know for sure that the company intends to host a PS5 games-focused event on June 4. At this point, however, that is only confirmed to showcase games and gameplay, not the hardware itself or any of the major topics like release date, price, or launch lineup. You can keep track of how and when you can buy the console in our PS5 pre-order guide.

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