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.
Last edited by victor83fernandes - on 06 March 2020