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How is the Coronavirus outbreak affect next gen?

Nothing will happen, this... 9 37.50%
 
It will delay the release... 9 37.50%
 
It will erode people's in... 0 0%
 
It will be the first step... 0 0%
 
The economy will collapse... 3 12.50%
 
We're all gonna die, we're all gonna die. 3 12.50%
 
Total:24

Consoles are an expensive, discretionary purchase. In a poor economy they will be amongst the first things to suffer generally. People who have been told they can not expect a payrise in the near future, or worse fear for their job, or worse still lose their job suffer a significant negative wealth effect. They may or may not be poorer, but they feel poorer.

The only weird silver lining I can see is the nature of this economic crisis requires people to stay home. To that end, a new console to fill the time might seem like a good idea to those who can keep their jobs by working from home if mass quarantines continue.

That said, I don't think that will come close to compensating for a slow down in global growth as far as the console gaming business is concerned. Best thing that can happen for gaming is that this virus gets well contained by July at the latest.



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Darwinianevolution said:

With the Coronavirus epidemic in everyone's mind, there's no doubt that it is going to hurt the general economy for a long time. Whether you think the virus is as bad as they said (I personally think it's just another annoying flu, but whatever), it is certainly bad luck it coincided with the near release of the next generation of consoles. The slowing of the industry around the world can have a terrible effect on a new piece of hardware's release. So what's going to happen from here? Are platform holders delay the release until markets become calmer, or would that only hurt the investers' confidence in them? And if that happens, will we see more games released during the first year due to the extra dev time?

Its not just another flu, china and south Korea deaths are probably misleading, most likely a lot more.

With that said, if you're young and healthy you shouldn't worry.

But I agree that the news are overreacting and making it seem a lot worse than it is, the flu kills around 40 000 per year and no one says a thing about it.

I think they could just present the new consoles online streaming instead of E3 and other events. I'm just hoping they delay it a few months, the current mid generation consoles are very capable and more than enough for a couple more years. Even the original ps4 is still OK, games such as god of war and spiderman are proof.

In my mind, the later they launch, the better the specs can be, so yeah. 

The switch is proof that a March launch works, gives them enough time to sell to the biggest fans, and then a few months for them to produce enough consoles for holidays 2021

My honest opinion, there is a reason why Sony hasn't shown anything of the ps5 yet, later than previous generations. Maybe they could launch the console first in Japan on December/January, and then a couple months later in USA and Europe, wouldn't be the first time they do that. In fact its likely if parts will be hard to come by.

Here in the UK I see no one excited for the next xbox, most gamers don't even know about it, everyone is hyped for PS5. And  in other European countries and Japan xbox is almost non existent. Sony has nothing to worry about. They are on the driver seat.

They are not worried about Microsoft, look at the 360, launched almost a full year before and ps3 still caught to it. And they know the ps4 still has legs with Last of us 2 and ghosts of tsushima and final fantasy 7. Not to mention sony still hasn't dropped the official price of the consoles.

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If one or both consoles flounder, I bet they will blame it on the virus rather than any fault of their own.



Konami delayed the TG16 indefinitely so if they can't get a mini together...I think yeah PS5 and XBSX is next.



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Leynos said:
Konami delayed the TG16 indefinitely so if they can't get a mini together...I think yeah PS5 and XBSX is next.

Maaaaaybe, but most likely not that related to eachother.

Very different companies with different manufacturers working for them and different influences and connections.



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Immersiveunreality said:
Leynos said:
Konami delayed the TG16 indefinitely so if they can't get a mini together...I think yeah PS5 and XBSX is next.

Maaaaaybe, but most likely not that related to eachother.

Very different companies with different manufacturers working for them and different influences and connections.

Those consoles are much more complicated and many parts even if the console as a whole is manufactured elsewhere will likely come from China. Some of those parts may not be able to be manufactured for months if not longer.



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Leynos said:
Immersiveunreality said:

Maaaaaybe, but most likely not that related to eachother.

Very different companies with different manufacturers working for them and different influences and connections.

Those consoles are much more complicated and many parts even if the console as a whole is manufactured elsewhere will likely come from China. Some of those parts may not be able to be manufactured for months if not longer.

True,that is a serious possibility .



Immersiveunreality said:
Leynos said:

Those consoles are much more complicated and many parts even if the console as a whole is manufactured elsewhere will likely come from China. Some of those parts may not be able to be manufactured for months if not longer.

True,that is a serious possibility .

I'm not sure exactly how it played out, but due to the tariff issue, didn't PS and MS work on getting some portion of the manufacturing done outside of China? Now some parts and manufacturing would still be happening within China, so other than being able to shift part volumes around to the outside suppliers for the next while, if both suppliers for a certain part aren't within China that is, there will likely end up shortages simply due to partial part supply and partial manufacturing.

Depends more so on how quickly the illness can be contained and stopped for the most part, along with how much over time could be put in to make up for lost time, if necessary. That's also assuming either the manufacturing companies do so to keep the PS and MS launch deadline under contract, or whether PS and MS have to pay a little extra to make that happen, if it's worth it to them to guarantee reasonable holiday launch volumes.